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Today’s News - Monday, March 18, 2013

•   It's Ito's Pritzker Day (and we say YAY!): Russell, Goldhagen, Nobel, Hawthorne, Rosenbaum, and Pogrebin are all very happy to tell us why that's a good thing (each in their own eloquent way, and all well worth reading).

•   Williams takes issue with American "ethics tsars" arguing that architects should not be designing prisons: "Being morally blackballed for accepting what others deem to be an unethical commission is a slippery slope."

•   King reports on a change in design of San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center: it looks like it will "shed its glass skin" for perforated aluminum: "The new look in part reflects budget realities" (and not necessarily a bad thing).

•   It looks like the knight in shining armor riding in to save the Preston bus station will be turned away at the gates - demolition seems to be the preferred future.

•   Eyefuls of Chicago's Wrigley Building facelift (including original 1920s bronze chandeliers that had been missing for decades).

•   Urban planning goes digital in Santander, Spain, a "smart city" in reality: "It's not an option, it's obligatory."

•   Peirce parses the reasons Medellín, Colombia, was voted the City of the Year (over Tel Aviv and New York): its "arc of recovery isn't new construction downtown, as substantial as that's been. It's social inclusion.

•   Providence, Rhode Island, wins Bloomberg Mayors Challenge with a "cutting-edge early education initiative."

•   Six women who are really making things happen in cities (we cheer them all! - "no, Jane Jacobs is not on the list").

•   It's up to a judge to decide if Pei Partnership Architects can go forward with lawsuit against the (designed but never-started) U.S. National Slavery Museum in Virginia.

•   It may not be the final winning project, but Sage and Coombe's NYFi wins popular vote in NYC's Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge.

•   Call for entries: revamp of London's Canada House in Trafalgar Square.


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