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Today’s News - Thursday, June 13, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: Unexpected circumstances kept us from posting yesterday - now there's lots of catching up to do!

•   Merkel remembers Diffrient, whose "designs were peppered with a critical eye and a willingness to take a different path when the well-worn one seemed cluttered."

•   Davidson weighs in on Bloomberg's "brilliant, radical waterfront defense plan" for NYC, "the bureaucratic version of Cassandra's cry" + the mayor says the price tag may be high, but "the cost of not taking action would be higher" + his "striking a tone of defiance" (undoubtedly a lot of other waterfront cities will be taking a good look at this report).

•   Heathcote takes a look at what the future may hold for urban centers everywhere: "If cities can create and reinforce the bonds between their citizens - and across the classes - they will be able to withstand the upheavals of explosive growth and not just survive but thrive."

•   Hatherley finds lessons "we should learn about austerity and urbanity" from the Berlin's Nikolaiviertel area: "It's tasteless, weird, clunky - and intriguing, freighted with peculiar ideas."

•   Should tall buildings be banished from historic cities? Yes, says EH's Thurley; No, says Tavernor.

•   Heller discovers a design school that sells him on Detroit's future: "the rare collegiate creative enclave that engages with, reflects, and embodies the city it's in" - and could have a hand in making the Motor City "the design capital of the U.S. again."

•   Houston's African-American-owned firms take issue with the city's school board for giving them the cold shoulder when it comes to contracts (they're not even invited to the table).

•   Jerusalem gets more starchitecture with SANAA's plans for a new Bezalel Academy campus, and an Einstein Museum by Foster + Partners.

•   The Menil Collection taps Van Valkenburgh for its 30-acre verdant landscape.

•   Winners, winners everywhere: Olcayto draws up the shortlist of shortlists among the RIBA Award winners re: why which will be up for the Stirling (he should win an award for best parenthetical comments ever!) + Educational buildings dominate this year's Stirling prize longlist.

•   RIAS honors 12 projects now in line for the Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.

•   Eyefuls of the 2013 Burnham Prize winners (Chicago should be so lucky to get these BRT stations!).

•   The Design Trust for Public Space names five fellows to explore how to "transform 100 million square feet of dark, dingy, and neglected space."

•   BOFFO Building Fashion winner is a pop-up shipping container space for menswear designer Michael Bastian by Bittertang.

•   A good reason to be in NYC next week: CityAge: The Global Metropolis conference.

•   Call for entries (deadlines loom!): EOI for Dublin's Parnell Square Cultural Quarter + 6th Benjamin Moore HUE Awards.


DC Water - Green Infrastructure Challenge

Faith and Form Awards

3C Comprehensive Coastal Communities Competition

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