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Today’s News - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

•   Lubell warns that, despite offering some of the best training in the world, the U.S. is suffering a "brain drain" of design talent: "if we don't start focusing on keeping our best talent in our own country, the best buildings in the world will continue to be built elsewhere."

•   King x 2: revised proposals for the Presidio's Crissy Field are in - except for one that is "open to alterations...if the team is selected."

•   He delves into the changes in the George Lucas proposal that "make the costume drama more appealing - the pomp quotient has been lowered," but "the message is clear: He wants to build what he wants to build...he'll tone down a bit, nothing more."

•   After all the sturm und drang re: the OMA/BIG competition for the Miami Beach Convention Center complex, the city decides to pull the plug on the whole shebang (link to local story with much political brouhaha, of course).

•   Walker files a wonderful report on her week wandering Las Vegas' Downtown Project: it's a "Burning Man for downtown Vegas" and an exercise in "evangelical urbanism" (non-believers included).

•   Borden visits Zaha's new "Beijing bubbles," the Galaxy Soho: while it is stunning, "it already has issues with vacancy, doppelgängers and the heritage lobby. Is this the end of starchitecture as we know it?"

•   Ferro, meanwhile, reports on China's largest Internet company's plans for a suburban tech campus, but set in 55-story towers in über-urban Shenzhen that "could become a model for other tech companies."

•   Campbell-Dollaghan cheers the AIA 25 Year Award going to Weese's D.C. Metro: "it's a shame there aren't more awards for buildings that are still great, four or five decades out. Architecture is getting more and more disposable."

•   So there's reason to also cheer Fort Lauderdale for giving its Gatje/Breuer-designed Brutalist library landmark designation (but why not the interior?).

•   Jeers, not cheers, to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission for not granting landmark status to the exquisite Rizzoli Bookstore building on West 57th Street (one of our favorite hang-outs!), "presumably to make way for yet another luxury condo" - please sign the online petition!

•   An impressive round-up of "30 of the world's most impressive social housing projects" that "break the mold, undoing negative stereotypes."

•   A social housing complex in Rotterdam is "immaculately restored" - but will lower-income tenants be able to afford the rent?

•   It's a three-way tie for Building of the Year in AN's first Best of Design Awards (and not the usual suspects!).

•   The 2014 SEED Award winners for Excellence in Public Interest Design from around the world are impressive and inspiring.

•   Montréal picks a winner to design the Plage de l'Est on the St. Lawrence River.

•   Call for entries (lots of 'em): AIA SPP Small Project Competition: The Pop-up Project + FIGMENT 2014 Minigolf Course on Governors Island + Deborah J. Norden Fund 2014 travel and study grants + Architecture Business Plan Competition.

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