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Today’s News - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for not posting yesterday - we woke up to no power for several hours (oh joy).

•   We are saddened to learn we've lost Eskew much too soon: "He probably had more influence on the rebuilding of New Orleans than any other architect."

•   Quirk tackles a fascinating question: "What will be Mandela's spatial legacy?" One answer: "Until his words...find themselves touching ground...urging new, meaningful icons to grow, the reality will never live up to the rhetoric."

•   A great take on the "struggle to predict - and preserve - the architectural landmarks of tomorrow" - their "best shot at success may simply be to survive their first half century."

•   Two new reports find that walkable cities are good news for small business, people's health, and property values.

•   USGBC's new "LEED in Motion: Impacts and Innovation" report "looks at the impacts of LEED through the lens of both business and human health."

•   Filler finds the Kimbell's Piano Pavilion "is far from the disaster feared by many. There is no bad news, only mild regret that the new building is not very distinguished."

•   Dunlop and Platt offer two very different and very thoughtful critiques of Holl's Reid Building for the Glasgow School of Art (they both seem to like the interior).

•   Betsky weighs in on the brouhaha swirling around Hadid's Qatar World Cup stadium: "Cultural and sexual biases have become tied up in a way that defies political correctness and common sense."

•   A developer gives 10 notable architects carte blanche to design an enclave of vacation homes in Spain: "The results are as inventive as they are eccentric" (we'll take one!).

•   Morgan offers a most thoughtful cheer to Finland's Helsinki Library competition - and winner and runners-up: "It says much about this small but vibrant Nordic country that its official centennial project" is a library.

•   Eyefuls of schmidt hammer lassen's winning design for a new central library in Ningbo, China.

•   Bey parses Northwestern's pick of P+W to design the Prentice replacement: "Will Chicago get great architecture out of this? ...the fight for good architecture on that site might not yet be over."

•   Royal Adelaide Hospital design competition winner and finalists announced (with link to lotsa pix).

•   Ito "urges developing Asian cities to remember their roots," and "laments missing out on designing M+ museum" to H&deM: "it seemed the curators had a preconception of how museums should be."

•   Call for entries deadline reminder (deadlines loom!): Living Cities Design Competition: Residential Towers for the 21st Century + ENYA 2014 Biennial Design Ideas Competition: QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm.

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