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Today’s News - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

•   Two disheartening reports re: the making of "McMecca" and why Saudi leaders are "allowing the destruction of historical sites in Islam's holiest city" (it's "a good opportunity to visit Mecca and Medina, do some shopping, make a vacation out of it," says one deputy minister - oh joy).

•   Jaffe reports on scholars calling for a "move past urban studies and toward urbanization science": "An improved science of urbanization would isolate the underlying processes that caused unsustainable development in the first place."

•   Hosey issues a call to action following the AIA's decision to discontinue the sustainable design requirement ("educators don't appear to be making significant headway either").

•   Russell takes us on a video tour of NYC's new waterfront parks that "open the waterfront in ways that can handle rising waters, while still giving the public access."

•   Lubenau goes on the road for a first-hand look at Rudy Bruner Award finalists - first up: the Congo Street Initiative in Dallas (very cool).

•   Canada's Royal B.C. Museum taps McAslan and Merrick to master plan a makeover "that takes your breath away."

•   Madeiros and Schwinge beat out some big names to "enhance the visibility and image" of Grimshaw's Millennium Point science and technology center.

•   HOK and Switzer Group tapped for massive $225 million Urban League Empowerment Center in Harlem.

•   Capps reports that the Leicester Cathedral is enlisting architects and designers to settle the question of how to reinter the remains of Richard III.

•   Wainwright weighs in on Ito's Pritzker win: "the 'dropout robot' who never tires of reinventing himself"; what's next: "No doubt another radical reinvention."

•   Q&A with Lamster re: his new gig at the Dallas Morning News and UT Arlington: "It's the best of all possible worlds for everybody."

•   Nield tapped to be Australia's Northern Territory Government Architect.

•   The University of Pennsylvania taps Weller (another Aussie) to lead the Department of Landscape Architecture.

•   Speaks is named the new dean of Syracuse University's School of Architecture; says he and former dean Mark Robbins share similar views on where the school should go in the future.

•   Call for entries: 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge + Design BBC Radio 4's The Listening Project's Pod.

•   Happy first day of Spring! (So why are our daffodils buried under snow?!!?)


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