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Today’s News - Thursday, January 23, 2014

•   Another grumpy news day: A new report finds "architecture is Australia's second most overrated degree - after psychology."

•   Wing wonders (most thoughtfully) if women in architecture gained any ground in 2013.

•   Peter Hall minces no words about what's wrong with planning in Britain (building things that are "ugly and alienating"); he is also "a good advert for a not-much-loved profession."

•   Piling it on, the U.K. planning minister is on the attack re: the Carbuncle Cup runner-up Castle Mill student flats in Oxford: the university and city council should be "thoroughly ashamed."

•   Wainwright reports that Oxford is hoping to change things with "ghost buildings": a "pilot scheme to outline shape of structures with poles before granting of planning permission."

•   Some heavy-hitters plan to join a lawsuit against LG Electronics HQ on the Hudson River's Palisades.

•   Grand plans for a 30-acre Brooklyn complex, but, as elsewhere, gentrification is forcing out the artists who made it famous (our own Richard Staub among 'em!).

•   Depending on who's talking, Foster's new Yale School of Management is either an airplane terminal, a casino, edgy, or "disturbingly sublime."

•   Yale students wanted James Gamble Rogers; what they got is "as clean as a semiconductor factory" (or perfect for a James Bond villain); though "the fine detailing, transparency, and abstraction are exhilarating - not everyone agrees."

•   Gardner gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Stern's "broad-shouldered building" next to the High Line that makes "a virtue out of the pared-down language of early 20th century functional architecture - with little of the self-conscious refinement" of 15 CPW.

•   Hosey takes issue with Konnikova's criticism of open-plan offices: they "are still the smartest solution...dramatically more sustainable" and "economically, environmentally and socially smarter."

•   Hume cheers the LANDinc/West 8 plans for Toronto's Ontario Place park: "Surely there's a message here for those who insist there's no room for 'nature' in the 21st-century urban park."

•   Eyefuls of Tonkin Liu's winning "poetic" design in the Salford pedestrian bridge competition.

•   Richard Rogers handed the keys to Caracas when he visits the site of his new park in honor of Hugo Chavez as he tells reporters that "he is a committed socialist and that architecture is also politics."

•   Many impressive projects garner APA 2014 National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards (Venturi AND Scott Brown included).

•   Brussat hands out his World Roses and Raspberries for 2013 "for buildings, people and events that moved the world as we know it closer to or further from the world as we'd like it to be."

•   Call for entries: Presentations for Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Grey to Green Conference + 1st mantownhuman Architecture & Design Summer School to be held in five leading architectural offices in London (full disclosure: yours truly is on the Advisory Panel).

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