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Today’s News - Monday, April 28, 2014

•   Russell reviews two Rebuild by Design proposals that "tiptoe into the fraught territory of what's called Managed Retreat - as neighborhoods look at flood maps that take into account data on sea level rise and more violent storms, that desire to rebuild begins to look like folly, not heroism."

•   Storr heads to Holland to find out what "flooded Britain" can learn: "Sadly, it's the pragmatic, rational Dutch mindset that might prove the hardest thing for the rest of the world to emulate."

•   Stamp offers a fascinating tale of how Rouse built a city in Maryland as a "garden for the growing of people" in the 1960s (and you thought new urbanism was new); its lessons for today: "the true innovation: the development of social planning alongside urban planning" (and "malls taught him that innovative architecture is not good for business").

•   Kamin reports on plans that could lift Mies's Farnsworth House above flood waters and "out of harm's way - the options are not cheap."

•   Last-ditch effort launched to save a Modernist gem in Raleigh, NC, from the wrecking ball - all it needs is a tenant - but soon (pix of proposed replacement is pretty depressing).

•   Saffron is saddened by proposed conference center to be added to a historic Philly church that "looks like another unfortunate Broad Street convenience store," but "looks are only a small part of what's wrong."

•   Litt, on a brighter note, cheers the upcoming chandelier lighting on Cleveland's Playhouse Square, a "symbolic centerpiece of a theater district praised nationally as an example of the regenerative power of the arts," and a symbol of "a rising civic movement" throughout the city.

•   Sustainability is a star at Sudbury's fledgling Laurentian School of Architecture in Canada, with high hopes it will be a demonstration project that will "lead to the use of more wood in construction and kickstart the North's forestry industry."

•   An in-depth look at how Portugal's star and rising-star architects are leading new hotel trends ("size is one"; nature another).

•   Weder explains why Ron Thom's Trent University "remains his magnus opus: his unique artistic approach set him apart from his Canadian peers - and hasn't been topped since" (great pix!).

•   BWAF's Stratigakos pens a history of women in architecture in the U.S. for the National Women's History Museum.

•   Anderson delves into how women in architecture are managing (or not managing) to climb the career ladder: "mentors tend to favor disciples who remind them of themselves. And if 83% of the leadership is male, well, Barbie was right: math is hard."

•   New numbers show there's an "outrageous" 25% pay gap for British women architects.

•   Troubling trends in a new survey from Down Under that show "fees have stalled, incomes have shrunk, but the supply of Australian designers has risen."

•   Another Calatrava saga: the Port Authority of NY and NJ "quietly paid" him $500,000 "for bridge designs that the agency didn't request and can't use" (Bridgegate Part Deux?).

•   Hanley reports on the U.S. pavilion's plan to install design practitioners in an ad hoc firm inside the pavilion for the duration of the Venice Biennale.

•   Call for entries: OfficeUS at the Biennale seeks 90 architects worldwide to participate from their local bases.

•   Call for entries: HYP Cup 2014 International Student Competition: "Architecture in Transformation: Unexpected City."

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