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Today’s News - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

•   ArcSpace brings us a Q&A with photographer Massaia (and eyefuls of his amazing images) + Kiser on why Hotel Le Corbusier is "a 'must' for architecture aficionados."

•   Duany explains his community-building Project for Lean Urbanism and what it will mean for Detroit: the city is "a goldmine for...people who have the energy to work for themselves and who become rebellious when confronted with an institutionalized lack of common sense."

•   Badger ponders the question "now what" for Sochi, Russia, "with no post-Olympic plan" and "with zero demand in sight" for its new roads, trains, and shopping malls (with links to others' takes as well).

•   Simpson puts the spotlight on "some inspired projects making a real difference" by architects and designers who have "put caution - and fees - aside and tackle a project for the sheer love of seeing good design being put to the best possible use."

•   Eyefuls of Johannesburg's newest student housing where "brightly-colored shipping containers meet decrepit-looking grain silos" (we love this - so sad that there's nary a mention of who designed it).

•   Eyefuls of Lacaton & Vassal's FRAC Dunkerque art center that is "a stroke of genius" and "offers the thrill that comes with the sheer audacity of its design."

•   A "stellar" shortlist of six in the running to design London's new Crystal Palace (we look forward to seeing what the Hadid/Kapoor mash-up looks like!).

•   In honor of Rykwert getting his RIBA Gold Medal today: Pallister's great Q&A: do you think that architects should make the world a better place? "That's what it's about! If it's not about that it's not about anything" (and theory as a discipline is "really rather boring").

•   Heathcote cheers Rykwert's Gold: the award going to the first writer/critic in almost 20 years "is all the more welcome as it recognizes the importance of thinking and writing to a profession that may have seemed to drift more recently into image-making."

•   A round-up of houses without windows: are they "meditative respites or architectural straightjackets?" (we'll take windows, please).

•   One we couldn't resist: news that Harold Ramis passed away (much too soon!) made us so sad - so how could we resist Manaugh's take on why "Ghostbusters" is "such an awesome architectural film": "I, for one, never really looked at buildings the same way again."

•   Cheers to all: Docomomo US announces the winners in its inaugural Modernism in America Awards (a most interesting group!) + Urban Design Group (UK) National Urban Design Awards 2014 (an extra yay! to our friend Lucy Bullivant!).

•   Call for entries: Architect magazine's 8th Annual R+D Awards + Registration deadline looms for the ASLA 2014 Professional Awards.

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