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Today’s News - Wednesday, December 18, 2013

•   Russell ruminates on New York's Rockaway Peninsula that "took Hurricane Sandy's storm surge on the chin" and is now "a place where the city can test-drive innovations in beachfront residential development" with the winning design in the FAR ROC competition.

•   Adam decries "radical architects" (ouch!) who "managed to persuade civil servants" to practically institutionalize Modernist "code words" in the U.K.'s new National Planning Policy Framework.

•   Bernstein takes an in-depth look at how the preservation of midcentury modern buildings fared in 2013: "if preservationists of yore manned barricades and picketed, this generation publishes coffee table books" (a great read!).

•   A look at the "nascent, but budding, trend" to find new uses for old parking garages: "'carchitecture' is becoming a buzzword."

•   Wainwright and Merrick on FAT folding up its tent: "architecture's biggest pranksters call it quits - boyband style" + "The kookiest architects in Britain have called it quits after 20 years of cheerfully sticking two fingers up at the world of posh modernist architecture."

•   Betsky weighs in on Julia Morgan's posthumous AIA Gold Medal: "a deserved victory, given the organization's definition of architecture."

•   Pedersen is a bit more pointed: Morgan "deserves every bit of recognition she gets...but the AIA still manages to come off as tone deaf."

•   Jacobs take on Morgan Gold: "the timing of the prize may lead some critics to suggest that it has more to do with an architect who is still among the living."

•   Meanwhile, we cheer Ms. Dreiling's inauguration as the 2014 AIA President, who promises to "emphasize a culture in firms that nurtures emerging professionals and promotes diversity and inclusiveness."

•   Eyefuls of the three finalists vying to design Moscow's new National Centre for Contemporary Arts.

•   Greensboro, NC, taps H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture and Rosser International to design its new performing arts center.

•   Eyefuls of Architect Magazine's 2013 Annual Design Review winners (great presentations).

•   Could a Chinese Disneyland be headed for New York's bucolic Catskills, "complete with an amusement park, mansions, a casino, retail centers, a college, and more" (why do we feel like gagging).

•   Call for entries/presentations: 7th Making Cities Liveable Conference: "Healthy - Sustainable - Resilient Cities," in Australia next July.

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