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Today’s News - Wednesday, September 18, 2013

•   Rykwert named 2014 RIBA Royal Gold Medalist: Pearman offers praise for his 60 years of "fruitful conversation with architecture" + Parry's citation + Murray's Q&A with Rykwert: "I've always thought of myself as an architect working with words."

•   Speaking of words, Litman takes issue with the word "issues" (and others): it is "weak" planning language.

•   Keith has issues with Auckland's plan for a Te Papa North museum: it needs to be "something greater and more relevant to the whole region, than the cheap, shoddy, political expediency it currently seems determined to be."

•   Rosenbaum gets some clarification re: the Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing's "'updates' - (the museum doesn't like the word 'renovations')."

•   After decades of debate, a plan for Lower Manhattan's 6-acre Seward Park urban renewal area are taking shape (by SHoP, who else?!!?).

•   An in-depth look at Vienna's "fascinating experiment in 'gender mainstreaming'": "nowhere has it had more of an impact than on the field of urban planning" as "a force that is literally reshaping the city."

•   Pearman returns exhausted from the Lisbon Architecture Triennale: "It's trying, and full of ideas, but with hardly any architecture" and "too much like hard work"

•   There's lots of inspiration (and images) among the 54 finalists in the Innovation by Design competition that illuminate "4 big trends shaping the future of design."

•   Metcalfe marvels at what will probably be the world's tallest vertical garden taking root in Sydney (French botanist Patrick Blanc has dyed green hair "(or he naturally photosynthesizes)."

•   Clemence cheers Lina Bo Bardi finally gaining recognition: "she did not consider herself a feminist, but with her fearless attitude towards the mostly male-dominated profession, she inspired women everywhere."

•   The Architectural History of Pepsi-Cola, Part 1 & 2: it "took a calculated risk with their slogan, their logo, and their architects. And they all paid off."

•   A never-built 1947 design by FLW set to rise near Bristol, U.K. (critics abound).

•   Meanwhile, FLW's Taliesin West debates how to keep its accreditation "while keeping the spirit of the school's founder."

•   OAA's Birdsell has high hopes for the new Laurentian University School of Architecture in Sudbury, Ontario.

•   Call for entries: Australian Institute of Architects launches an architect-in-residence program for architects based outside Australia.



  


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