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Today’s News - Thursday, October 24, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: Our apologies for late posting...we've been without Internet for much of the morning (ahhhh technology!). And a forewarning: we'll be at AIANY's annual Heritage Ball and Party@theCenter tonight, so may be posting a bit late tomorrow (having nothing to do with technology).

•   Our Nuts + Bolts #6 offers "practical steps to make time for business development when you've been avoiding it."

•   We lose Lynn, "one of the defining figures of post-war British architecture."

•   Hanscom talks to coastal geologist Coch (a.k.a. Dr. Doom) re: why "Sandy wasn't the Big One" and his concern that "Americans are incapable of strategic mitigation - that is, solving the problem, versus fixing it over and over again."

•   Schwartz says if a superstorm hit tomorrow, we'd suffer the same, but "it's not that we haven't learned - it's that creating a culture of resilience is an extremely slow process."

•   NYC's Rockaway is on its way to making itself more resilient with Stockholm-based White Arkitekter's winning design in the FAR ROC design competition.

•   Menking has a few issues with Bloomberg's legacy: "neglect of official planning may explain some of the more obvious blunders" - not there wasn't any, such as the resiliency efforts and department heads who "made design an important."

•   The Center for American Progress just issued a report that "highlights cities that are making strides in climate resiliency."

•   MIT just issued a "groundbreaking new white paper" that "highlights the importance of people in defining place, a critical aspect that is all too often forgotten by those in architecture, planning, and other related disciplines."

•   Hough takes issue with Lau who is irritating landscape architects and planners with "an unnecessary us-versus-them scenario" when it comes to designing parks and public spaces.

•   Weeks reports on the 3rd annual report on the AIA 2030 Commitment initiative: it "shows improvement, but also a lot of work that still needs to be done."

•   Q+A with Graham, "the city building architect," re: density and city revitalization: "there's a synergism, a symbiotic or organic relationship between the density of housing and the amenities that make living in the city a pleasure."

•   Brady makes the case for China's need to move away from "undercooked master plans" resulting in "Genghis Khan meets Disney," and consider "slow design."

•   After much "uproar," it looks like Japan is going to scale back Hadid's 2020 Tokyo Olympics stadium: "the design concept will be kept."

•   After a few design tweaks, Seattle gives the go-ahead to Apple's "bubble building."

•   Preservationists are fighting an uphill battle to save a St. Louis library they deem "an architectural marvel" from the wrecking ball.

•   Landon cheers H&deM's efforts to bring new life and great sound to the Board of Officers room in NYC's "strange beast," a.k.a. the Park Avenue Armory.

•   Merrick brings us eyefuls of the "sacred wow-factor" in a competition shortlist "to find the 10 best churches built in the last 60 years."

•   Call for entries: 61st Annual P/A Awards deadline extended (but not by much - so hurry!).


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