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Today’s News - Thursday, May 1, 2014

•   Bernstein pens a most eloquent tribute to Fred Schwartz, who "wasn't so much an architect as a public citizen who used architecture as a tool to improve lives. Other tools included empathy and patience" (we counted him a friend and will sorely miss him).

•   Al Sabouni's eloquent and touching report from Homs: "If one lesson could be learned from the conflicts we're experiencing in Syria, it is that architecture is much more powerful than one might like to think - leading through architecture could make a way for us out of this black hole."

•   Ferro queries Ingels, Diller, Wilkinson, Fentress re: "how morality fits into the process of accepting or rejecting a commission."

•   H&deM tapped for new Vancouver Art Gallery: "they are very sensitive to place."

•   Londoner Simpson, "one of the world's leading practitioners of New Classicism and New Urbanism," tapped to design University of Notre Dame's new School of Architecture.

•   King cheers the five teams tapped to craft "concepts" for a park at the edge of San Francisco's Crissy Field: "It's an unusual exercise in that the next step isn't to select a winner."

•   Mironova takes an in-depth look at how community land trusts can help solve a broad range of problems, including inequality and affordability that affect residents across the country.

•   New research shows that "green space puts people in a better mental state, with 'significant and sizable' effects."

•   STUDIO V's mixed-use vision for Crescent Cove on Queens' waterfront gets a green light with a design "determined to not continue the trend" of generic lass towers rising elsewhere.

•   Goldberger is aghast that an architect's already half-finished house in a Raleigh, NC, neighborhood has NIMBYs swarming at the gates: it's "an example of modern architecture trying hard, very hard, to be a good neighbor" - it "couldn't fit in better unless he were prepared to throw in the towel and produce a make-believe Victorian."

•   Wainwright and Stamp pay tribute to Hollein, "who mixed forms and materials with promiscuous abandon, designing with a magpie sensibility," and "what still excites us about" his work."

•   Results of London auction of work by architects rakes in £5.6 million, with pieces by Hadid, Pei, and Aalto exceeding expectations (and others not at all).

•   A very, very long shortlist in the running for the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize and Prize for Emerging Architecture (265 nominees!).

•   An impressive list of winners in Cooper-Hewitt's 2014 National Design Awards.

•   Ditto re: winners of the Center for Active Design's inaugural Excellence Award + 2014 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards.

•   The official Call for Entries for the Guggenheim Helsinki will launch June 4, but you can sign up now to get in the loop.

•   Call for entries: ideas for upcoming exhibition re: "how museums and galleries can be re-imagined once our existing ideas about them are destroyed."

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