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Today’s News - Monday, July 1, 2013

•   Climate change? What climate change? Hume tackles Alberta flood coverage: the heart-warming stories are all well and good, but "you'd think that Canadians would be at least a little skeptical about getting back to business as usual."

•   Flint reports on a little-covered Supreme Court decision that will make "the grinding work of preparing for the impacts of global warming more complicated" (but developers are happy).

•   AIA issues an appeal to help stop the Senate from repealing 2030 sustainability targets for federal buildings put into place six years ago.

•   Dunlap tours the not-quite finished 9/11 museum at Ground Zero and finds "vastness and serenity, and awe and grief" - and a pathway with "points at which visitors can decide to leave if they feel emotionally unprepared for what lies ahead."

•   Lamster may cheer the First Baptist Church of Dallas's commitment to downtown, but is much less cheered by an expansion that looks more like a "corporate behemoth" that "consciously insinuates its private space into the public space of the city."

•   Welton wanders Raleigh's new Wake Justice Center: "if it disappoints somewhat at the street level, its interiors make up for that in spaces where good design matters most - at the human level, with warmth, and a sensitive touch."

•   King reports on San Francisco planners' review of Foster's Union Square Apple Store: it "can be boiled down to one short word: reboot."

•   Northwestern University names a shortlist of three vying to design the successor to Goldberg's doomed Prentice Women's Hospital.

•   Finalists from New York, Madrid, and Stockholm fly to Bristol to show off their revised design concepts for a "facelift to improve the aesthetics and performance of the Bristol Royal Infirmary."

•   H&deM's M+ museum design may be "very Hong Kong" - but another factor for the win was that it's "the cheapest, budgeted to cost 40% less than the most expensive entry" (we'll see how that plays out).

•   Darley hopes U.K. Education Secretary Gove takes heed of Colin Stansfield Smith's obituaries: "he made the quality of design of schools, libraries, fire stations and other public buildings something to be proud of."

•   Hawthorne minces no words when it comes to explaining the "messy run-up" to MOCA's "Contemporary Californian Architects" show (a.k.a. "A New Sculpturalism" - sort of): "it's clear that it is the product of an architectural ruling class in Los Angeles that is not so much dysfunctional as increasingly insular" (ouch!).

•   Filler weighs in on MoMA's Corbu show: it's "a sprawling, frustrating, intermittently thrilling tribute" that "often raises more questions than it answers" (and "has some astonishing lapses").

•   After 18 years, Plater-Zyberk is stepping down as dean of the University of Miami's architecture school - leaving it with "a national reputation as an iconoclastically un-voguish center for traditional design and community engagement."

•   Alan Dunlop writes about his passion for hand drawing in architecture: "I am dismayed to see so many students working only on lap tops" - and "few working architects now use pencil and paper - these tools no longer seem to figure in the creative act."

•   One we couldn't resist: Bey has a field day with "I Am an Architect" rap video and, even better, comes up with two others (a PBS kids' show from 1987, and an ode to Mies that's not to be missed!).

•   Eyefuls of finalists in ULI 2013 Global Awards for Excellence competition.

•   Call for entries: International open call for July 22 memorial sites in Norway to commemorate the bombing in Oslo and the massacre at Utøya.


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