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Today’s News - Tuesday, September 17, 2013

•   Chipperfield and Gormley are among the five 2013 Praemium Imperiale Laureates.

•   Davidson minces no words about most of the starchitect-designed "1,000-footers" stomping onto Manhattan's 57th Street ("clunky, preening yet graceless" - ouch!): "shouldn't architects who reach for physical heights be extending themselves creatively, too?"

•   Grabar reports on "Grand Paris" plans to make "a hip new future" for the city: "Paris just wants to be Brooklyn."

•   Kimmelman can give Paris one reason why: plans for Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park that include "a new work of public architecture" described as a "manta ray - or, maybe, a humongous Tostito" (in a good way): "another architectural landmark in the city never hurts."

•   King parses the three newly-revealed proposals for the Presidio's Crissy Field, "one of the most potentially memorable sites in San Francisco."

•   Wainwright wanders the Lisbon Architecture Triennale: "strictly no buildings allowed. But is it all a bit too irreverent?" (sofas that swallow you up included).

•   Portland, Oregon's new federal building is actually a 1970s office building reinvented "as a metaphor for sustainable and transparent government" (and oh so green).

•   Rosenbaum takes on another Renzo, this time his Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing: "Renovations after four years may involve remedies to insufficient 'light harvesting' by architect's 'flying carpet.'"

•   Hinshaw is a bit hesitant about plans for a new public restroom a developer is giving to Seattle in exchange for a few extra floors - it should be a "proverbial win/win," but is it really?

•   Belarusian Union of Architects launches the 10th National Architecture Festival in Minsk next week.

•   Eyefuls of some (amazing!) finalists in the SXSW Place by Design competition and the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge.

•   EPA hands out 39 2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants.

•   One we couldn't resist: "The competition was stiff" in Arch Record's Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest.

•   Call for entries: International Biannual Zumtobel Group Award - Innovations for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment + SC2013 International Ideas Competition: imagine new urban regeneration in Harbin, China, and Vigo, Spain (open to architecture students and architects under 35).

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