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Today’s News - Thursday, December 19, 2013

•   Mallett bemoans that planning in the U.K. "has been shorn of creativity and the 'visioning'" which "is now done largely by the private sector" - it's time for city planners "to rediscover the power of design when we plan."

•   Medina meets The Architecture Lobby, a new organization of architects that wants to "empower architects to realize their own value and that of the work they produce."

•   Dowling finds some dour voices re: Melbourne selling laneways to make way for development: ''A loss of any laneway is to be bemoaned...they are vibrant, exciting places and are really critical to the character of our city."

•   An energy company has towering plans to replace Johansen's Mummers Theater in Oklahoma City, but fear not - his "masterpiece won't go down without a plaque, or something, in memorialis" (oh joy).

•  KPF's Kohn returns to his roots with a mixed-use tower across from Philadelphia's Kimmel Center; he "considers this his legacy to the city."

•   Eyefuls of Johnson Pilton Walker's towering design that won the Parramatta Square competition (cantilevered "sky terrace" included).

•   The MAS report "All Hands on Deck" is a guide to "catalyzing public, private and community sectors to prioritize resilience."

•   Green x 2: Philly's green infrastructure initiatives to convert 9,600 impervious acres into permeable ones have public support "because city officials have made a point of making 'the same investment in every neighborhood,' rich or poor."

•   He queries Balsley re: resilient waterfront parks in a great Q&A.

•   L.A.'s new People St program will allow community members "to apply online for city permission to install a parklet, plaza, or bike corral on an underused stretch of roadway - a bottom-up alternative to traditional city planning."

•   Olcayto weighs in with his own witty take on FAT's "sassy, witty style" in both its writing and design: perhaps it was all "too cool for the straight world of architectural design."

•   Q&A with Zoë Ryan re: her plans as curator of the second Istanbul Design Biennial, "The Future Is Not What It Used To Be" (sounds serious - and fun!).

•   Louise Bethune, America's first professional female architect, is finally getting a memorial grave marker (note that's grave marker, not gold medal).

•   One we couldn't resist: the third season of Places' Fairy Tale Architecture, this year by Rice+Lipka, studio SUMO, and Bernheimer Architecture (one of our favorite holiday traditions!).

•   Speaking of holidays, now you'll have lots of time off to delve into some of next year's call for entries: Holcim Awards 2013/2014 + 2014/15 World Habitat Awards + Logo Design Competition for CALA: Center for Architecture and Urban Design Los Angeles + International VELUX Award 2014 for Students of Architecture.

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