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Today’s News - Monday, December 9, 2013

•   ArcSpace brings us Meyer's assessment of Ando's Asia Museum of Modern Art in Taiwan, a profile of Souto de Moura, and Søberg's take on the V&A's "Elmgreen & Dragset: Tomorrow" show.

•   The Australian Institute of Architects approves the first Gender Equity Policy that "establishes 10 best practice principles to maximize fair and equitable access to opportunities and participation for women in the industry" (what a concept!).

•   O'Sullivan weighs in on Madrid's new General Urban Plan: "Trees, bikes, and walking are in. Cars, historical protection, and new apartments are out" (and why some locals are skeptical).

•   Saffron cheers Philly's new zoning code taking on the city's parking war: "the solution isn't increasing supply; it's decreasing demand...owning a car may soon seem like too much trouble. And then, what will we do with all those parking garages?"

•   A new Urban Green Council study finds "expensive views are more often than not blotted out by curtains," proving that "the building of such inherently energy-wasting properties should be rethought."

•   It's only taken about 30 years, but (finally) Stonehenge is about to unveil its £27 million makeover in time for the winter solstice (wish we could be there!).

•   British Parliament picks the HOK/Deloitte/Aecom team for the £720m-plus Palace of Westminster refurbishment "that might kick off in 2020."

•   A Dutch architect's proposal for a cliff-hanging building above Cape Town in the shape of Nelson Mandela's head receives a "brutal" response (well, at least it's green - literally).

•   Hough considers the High Line's legacy as co-founder Hammond prepares to step down: "It will be interesting to see just how transferable the model will be for other cities" that now have "a built example of how groundbreaking and beautiful places can be created out of strong vision, passion and commitment" (it's "really not about the design").

•   Hohenadel has high hopes that Heatherwick's Garden Bridge across the Thames will be London's answer to the High Line - the visionary this time is "Absolutely Fabulous" star (great pix - fingers crossed it actually happens!).

•   Shah cheers three Indian architects who are venturing "across the obscure boundary that separates art and architecture," and "seamlessly work between the two."

•   Pedersen reports that Maeda is joining the world of venture capitalists in Silicon Valley after six "bumpy and surprisingly contentious" years at RISD's helm.

•   Q&A with Maeda re: leaving RISD, his new job in Silicon Valley, and "what he regrets about his tenure."

•   We are so saddened to hear that another Heidelberg Project house in Detroit has been hit by fire - again; now there's "a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the fires."

•   RIBA "has bowed to pressure and scrapped" the Lubetkin Prize: there will be a new prize, but "details have yet to be thrashed out."

•   On brighter notes: Italian classicist Bontempi takes home the University of Notre Dame's $200,000 2014 Driehaus Prize, and Yisan of the National Research Center of the Historic City at Tonji University snags the $50,000 Henry Hope Reed Prize.

•   Eyefuls of the winner and runners-up in the Changing the Face 2013: Rotunda Warsaw Competition to revamp the sawtooth-topped landmark and meeting spot.

•   No images, but an impressive international shortlist moves on to Stage II in the competition to design the Canakkale Antenna Tower in Turkey.

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