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Today’s News - Tuesday, March 19, 2013

•   ArcSpace reports on AA Rome's new workshop coming up in May, and eyefuls of Graves in Egypt.

•   We lose Liddell, an architect "at the forefront of ecological building design," Pierce, the Modernist architect behind Peacock Farm, Mass., a 45-acre subdivision of stylish, affordable homes now on the National Register of Historic Places, and former Landscape Architecture Magazine editor Clay, whose "visionary approach still influences our thinking on urban planning today."

•   Heathcote, Betsky, and Pollock weigh in on Ito's Pritzker: his "consistently thoughtful, radical and intriguing body of work"; "one of the greatest masters of form-making"; and his "strong sense of public responsibility."

•   An "explosive" (and "leaked") RIAS report re: Glasgow's George Square "botched" competition has "brought the judges, the profession, the Incorporation and the City of Glasgow into significant disrepute."

•   Saffron cheers Philly's new zoning code for Center City: "nothing terribly radical was proposed - unless you consider zoning that favors a dense, transit-oriented, tech-friendly, mixed-use downtown a radical notion."

•   Koolhaas wins battle with Venice's conservationists re: "the contentious conversion" of a Grand Canal palazzo into a Benetton department store (though he has "made some significant changes to the original plans").

•   Moore meanders around London's new ME Hotel: it "gives London another bizarre space. You get the feeling that Foster is trying to be a bit Starck-y at times" (sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't).

•   Davidson gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Holl's sports center for Columbia University: "a rugged oddball clinging to a steep hill" that is "the architectural equivalent of the strutting and flexing that goes on in the locker rooms."

•   Webb explores Morphosis's Perot Museum in Dallas: despite a few compromises, "the final design is a brilliant match for the site and the program...a triumph of bold architecture and enlightened philanthropy."

•   Russell finds much to like about a Connecticut preparatory school's new environmental center by Stern that has students living and studying in a zero-energy building as they "consider the value of food scraps and the environmental impact of hair dryers."

•   Birnbaum basks in the "revenge of urban agriculture: are community advocates, landscape architects and horticulturists bringing back the agropolis?" Yes (great history, too).

•   Big plans by Farmers for Chicago to transform vacant lots "into thriving - and profitable - urban farms in just three years."

•   An impressive list of winners of MIPIM Awards 2013.

•   Call for entries: Gold Coast, Australia, Cultural Precinct Global Design Competition + 2013-14 City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition for NYC's Governors Island.


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