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Today’s News - Wednesday, May 22, 2013

•   Architects and the AIA respond to the Moore, OK, tornado disaster.

•   An architect explains why two schools were not built for Tornado Alley despite architects' recommendations (cost - what else), and calls for reconsidering earth-sheltered public buildings (no, it's not a "liberal" idea).

•   Q&A with Marxist and social theorist Harvey re: impending "urban class warfare" and "how urbanization will play a key role in social conflicts to come."

•   European expats fleeing the euro crisis are contributing to a real estate boom in Rio's favelas (needless to say, not all are pleased).

•   Badger reports on a new study that quantifies the cost of sprawl (it's expensive).

•   An architect explains why LEED doesn't work in rural Africa; "One size does not fit all...we must consider social and economic factors as well" - and he has high hopes for two alternative grading systems.

•   Kamin accesses Corbu's Carpenter Center at Harvard 50 years later: "time has done little to soften the sharp edge of its parachute-in urbanism," but its "faults do not diminish its enduring architectural quality."

•   Anderton has lively conversations with some of the key players in the beleaguered "A New Sculpturalism" show in Los Angeles who discuss why they don't want to be "sculpturalists."

•   The newest thing in NYC architecture is something old - actually a new brick building that looks like it's always been there.

•   Hunter posits that "architectural education needs a proper shake-up" (he blames Eisenman), and what he's planning to do about it - a "21st-century version of apprenticeship."

•   Winners all: An eyeful of the Top 50 designs of The Battery Conservancy Americas "Draw Up A Chair" Design Competition (very cool - now vote for your favorite).

•   AIA Chicago hands out its Small Firm/Small Project Awards.

•   The Association of Siamese Architects names winners in its "Borderless" competition.

•   Call for entries: Projects & Architect-in-Residency for Rethinking Urbanity 2013: innovative solutions for the urban fringe of Vienna.


DC Water - Green Infrastructure Challenge

Faith and Form Awards

3C Comprehensive Coastal Communities Competition

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