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Today’s News - Monday, June 10, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: Early-morning travel plans mean we won't be posting tomorrow, but we'll be back Wednesday, June 12.

•   ArcSpace brings us Hybel's assessment of Meier's Ara Pacis Museum and Hadid's MAXXI Museum, two very different projects in Rome that "have tried to shoulder the heavy burden of adding to the city's accumulated architectural legacy."

•   Kimmelman travels to Istanbul: "Taksim Square is the latest reminder of the power of public space...Gezi Park was the last straw...What's at stake is more than a square. It's the soul of a nation" (an awesome essay!).

•   Hattam reports from the mini-city rising in Gezi Park that includes "tents, libraries, free food, even free hugs. But how long will it be allowed to last?" (awesome photos!)

•   Revkin reflects on urban trees, from Istanbul to Oregon: "When leaders crack down in fights over scarce urban trees, trouble follows."

•   Ravensdale bemoans Zambia's poor building standards: it's "all about short cuts, what is cheapest, and corruption. Most buildings are designed and built without any competent professional input."

•   An Indian movie star gets behind his father and brother's Bombay Greenway Project, "touted to be the single biggest urban project undertaken in Bombay post-independence" that could "positively impact the lives of millions in New Delhi."

•   Hume has cautious hopes that Hamilton, "on the brink of a renaissance," will pay heed to lessons to be learned from "Toronto's towering tales of woe and hyper-growth."

•   Heathcote x 2: he's not very optimistic about London's current crop of skyscrapers with "simplistic shapes, dumbed-down caricatures" - this is "not a new age in innovative tower building but a proliferation of silly shapes."

•   He has higher hopes for the changing face of London's White City, where "the architects are treating its cocktail of media archaeology and period detail with extraordinary reverence and care."

•   An eyeful of AMBS Architects design for the new Baghdad Library, planned to "be the central focus of a planned Youth City designed to inspire Iraq's younger generations" (do we see shades of Hadid in its shape?).

•   EDRA hands out its 15th Annual Great Places Awards.

•   L.A. Business Council honors 31 projects with its 43rd Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards.

•   DOS Architects wins this year's Renzo Piano Foundation Prize for the best young Italian practice.

•   Eyefuls of the 2013 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition winners.

•   Call for entries (registration deadline reminders): Storefront's Competition of Competitions / Redefining Briefs, Clients and Agents + ONE Prize: Stormproof Open International Design Competition for Building Resilient Cities + "LIBO - Living in Borneo" International Architecture Competition to design of a portion of Amsterdam's Borneo-Sporenburg residential area + Changing the Face 2013: Rotunda Warsaw International Competition.


DC Water - Green Infrastructure Challenge

Faith and Form Awards

3C Comprehensive Coastal Communities Competition

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