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Today’s News - Tuesday, May 14, 2013

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Foster in France, Meier in Barcelona, and a Tree Hotel in Sweden.

•   Badger reports on the Rockefeller Foundation plans to fund a Chief Resilience Officer in 100 cities worldwide with a $100 million prize: "Maybe this will be one of those jobs that becomes obsolete through its own success."

•   An Australian reports from post-flood Brisbane that offers "a glimpse into our climate-challenged future": it might mean "rethinking the whole premise that designers need to keep adding stuff to the world"; sometimes infrastructure and local building materials could be "more valuable than prefabricated shelters designed by outsiders."

•   Ancient Buddhist symbols of Lhasa, Tibet, are being destroyed or under threat by China's efforts to make it a "tourist city" (shopping malls and massive underground parking included).

•   Capps reports on yet more revisions to Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial: "It's uncertain whether any design changes would placate the critics," but it's clear "the design remains in flux."

•   Q&A with Haworth Tompkins' Dillon re: the "big, red, awesome, and slightly freakish Shed" for London's National Theatre.

•   A skateboard veteran makes a plea to not destroy the South Bank undercroft much-used (and loved) by skaters and cyclists alike: "to bulldoze it would be utterly visionless" and "vandalism of our cultural heritage."

•   Hume cheers that crowds gather in Toronto's Maple Leaf Square for hockey games, but it "needs more than people" - it "lacks some details that would make it flourish."

•   While debate still swirls around proposed East Midtown zoning changes in Manhattan, our spirits are a bit lifted by news that NYC has tapped Gehl and others to spearhead the East Midtown Public Realm Vision Plan.

•   Palin ponders what made Chipperfield's "starry building project" for the Geffrye Museum "turn so sour": perhaps the applicant and architect "simply lost touch with the public" - and "completely failed to charm, engage or persuade the committee."

•   Inside the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, where entire homes and shops have been transplanted intact: "Amid these structures are some unexpected gems."

•   SEED Network co-founders commit to training 800 people per year in public interest design: "New models and professional training demonstrate ways to do good and make a living."

•   Goodyear almost gasps at the stats re: the fastest warming cities in the U.S. - Louisville, KY, is at the top of the list, "so why are city leaders reluctant to adopt a comprehensive tree-planting policy?"

•   Moore has a most engaging conversation with Correa (whose retrospective at the RIBA opens today): "Most of what he says and does makes eminent sense, yet the mass of new construction does not follow his example now, any more than it did 50 years ago."

•   Betsky is taken by visions of cities imagined by three artists: "the cities of their (sometimes dark) dreams...bring out our dreams and our nightmares, and thus put our discipline on the couch."

•   Winners all: 6 young firms take the Architectural League Prize 2013 + 3 take AIA/HUD Secretary Awards for Outstanding Housing Projects + 6 take home AIA 2013 Housing Awards + 7 honored with 2013 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards.

•   Call for entries (deadline extended!): 2013 Burnham Prize Competition: NEXT STOP - Designing Chicago BRT Stations international design ideas competition.


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