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Today’s News - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

•   Bernstein reports on "perhaps the strangest turn" in the long-running saga of Rudolph's Orange County Government Center in Goshen, NY: Gene Kaufman of Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman offers to buy it and "convert it to private use, perhaps as artists' studios" (will be interesting to see where this goes - if anywhere).

•   Ferro talks to HUD's Donovan: "Though ideas floated in the Rebuild by Design competition are intentionally site-specific, the process of the competition itself may be scalable to other resiliency challenges" - and improve the way government works (what a concept!).

•   Santander, Spain, may be "the smartest smart city" that is "changing the way Europe thinks about cities," but "where some see smart cities, others fear a new form of governance based on algorithms rather than human experience.

•   Flint parses two new surveys that show why cities "can't, and shouldn't dismiss" Millennials (and baby boomers).

•   A look into how Mithun is transforming a giant Seattle mall parking lot into an oh-so-green walkable community (mass transit included).

•   Burns takes an in-depth look at Atlanta's BeltLine: "What makes it potentially so transformative is that, unlike the hundreds of 'rails to trails' projects, it is designed as a transportation project" though the "mass transit component is lagging, and there are already affordability concerns" (great read!).

•   Kamin cheers efforts to rethink Gruen's 1962 enclosed mall in a Chicago 'burb from a car-centric shopping center into a pedestrian-friendly Main Street, but laments that it is more "an awkward hybrid" that really "needs a little more life."

•   Landon cheers Buffalo's resurgence where "architectural preservation is playing a key role in the city's renewal, and "creating new works rather than shuttering old ones" (with great pix by Clemence!).

•   A fascinating look at L.A.'s South Central Urban Farm, and "the rollercoaster story of the farmers' struggle to remain, their relocation, and the continued success of their a long-term sustainable model."

•   Russell tackles free speech and public space, and how "the fate of those few hundred square feet - now in the hands of the Supreme Court...could muddle, if not seriously impair, free-speech rights in public places" (are we depressed yet?).

•   Lamster, on a brighter note, cheers Carpenter's "Light Veil" wrapping the Cotton Bowl stadium and "bringing a sense of visual delicacy to a work of corporate architecture."

•   The formerly nomadic Chicago Design Museum hits its Kickstarter mark, signs a lease for space in the Block 37 building, and plans a show to open in June (just in time for AIA and AIGA conventions!).

•   A fabulous follow-up on Hertz's house made from a Boeing 747

•   the trials, tribulations, and ultimate triumph - with pix to prove it (now, there's another 747 turning into a hostel on an unused runway at a Stockholm airport).

•   Eyefuls of the winners in the competition to design an architecture school in Dubai.

•   One we couldn't resist: a "bizarre-looking" loo on Wellington's waterfront in New Zealand is drawing raves as one of the best places "on earth to spend a penny" (bizarre is putting it mildly!).

•   Call for entries: 2015 SAH International Travel Grants to "enable historians from underrepresented countries to attend the Society of Architectural Historians 68th Annual Conference in Chicago next year.

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