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Today’s News - Thursday, March 14, 2013

•   An in-depth (and fascinating) look at how, despite all its good intentions, Make It Right Foundation's "beautiful" houses in the Lower Ninth Ward are turning out to be "a drag on New Orleans - it didn't have to be this way."

•   O'Sullivan takes a long look at Athens' high hopes to revamp "an area of shabby charisma into one of real, walkable charm," despite austerity: "reactions seem to be generally approving, if skeptical" + An eyeful of the ReThink Athens winning proposal.

•   Bike lanes, parklets (and palm trees) are beginning to get in the way of filmmakers finding the (formerly) "ghost town quality" of downtown L.A. that made it "such an attractive back lot" (they'll just have to get used to it).

•   Capps reports on a House of Representatives bill that would scrap Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial design - and slash federal funding.

•   Jones is a bit taken aback by the 2012 Olympic Cauldron winning the South Bank Sky Arts Award: "I cooed and wowed as much as anyone" - but it "is not a work of art, and Heatherwick is not an artist. If he were, he would be a really bad one."

•   Saffron reports on a new deal between Philly's Preservation Alliance and a developer that means losing two landmarked church buildings but saves a cathedral: "It was a very tactical, utilitarian thing to do."

•   Chicago Preservation Society releases its 2013 Most Endangered Historic Buildings list: "Here's hoping 2013's assembly fares better than Prentice Women's Hospital" + Images and details re: Chicago's most at-risk architectural treasures.

•   Architecture for Humanity and the USGBC form a partnership to fix America's schools, and release their "Center for Green Schools 2013 State of Our Schools Report."

•   Wing is wowed by a new graduate program that offers a different model for design education that combines practical skills with critical thinking in support of design and social activism.

•   Nobel catches up with ARO, now "poised for greatness. Trusting in intellect and acting with thoughtful restraint is its lasting innovation."

•   Holt reports on Lange's adventures in discussing the state of architectural criticism Down Under.

•   Speaking of which, Canberra's CAPITheticAL competition winners announced.

•   Call for entries reminder (deadline tomorrow!): MoMA PS1's EXPO 1: NEW YORK - Rockaway Call for Ideas for urban recovery, post-Sandy.


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