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Today’s News - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: This just in: Phyllis Lambert takes the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale - yay!

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Rio's new art museum, "one of the flagships in the city's $3.8 billion plan to renovate and revitalize its run-down port district."

•   Steuteville takes an in-depth look at New Urbanism's positive - and dramatic - impact on mid-size and smaller cities.

•   Penalosa gives St. Paul, MN, 14 steps to make it the world's best city: 7. Embrace winter. 11. Make biking and walking utterly normal.

•   Big plans for Chicago's Lake Shore Drive that embraces Burnham's vision, not "commissioned by a development team, but by a collective of Streeterville residents seeking to improve their neighborhood."

•   Davidson strolls Governors Island, "one of New York's new jewels...this is a hands-on landscape, not a precious diorama. Please keep on the grass."

•   Spotlights shine on SWA's Katy Trail in Dallas that still "faces some growing pains. Yet none of those challenges have diminished the park's pull + Houston and other cities are restoring wilderness to urban rivers instead of trying to "corral and conquer nature."

•   Heathcote x 2: he ponders whether creative people really are "the key to city regeneration - now it is time to reassess the results of this almost obsessive drive to attract creatives, to better understand how this process has worked, and whether it is always positive."

•   He explains why the "design industry must adapt to thrive - perhaps where the future lies is in the application of design to less familiar areas" (like social design).

•   Lynch tackles the history of the office building as "a work of art," and how "large projects on inner-city sites afford opportunities for both artistic creativity and civic responsibility."

•   Eyefuls of the coolest bus shelters in a tiny Austrian town by seven international stars (fab photos - a must-see!).

•   Moscow joins the Venice Biennale for the first time with "MOSKVA: urban space" that will focus on the "'connective fabric' of public spaces that define the identity of the city today."

•   The U.K.'s 2015 Milan Expo pavilion hopes to be the bee's knees.

•   Great Q&A with Denise Scott Brown who "divulges her love affair with neon. Unlike other architects, she fears neither clutter, ephemera, nor a joke."

•   Q&A with Gehry re: the Biomuseo in Panama, the LUMA Arles Arts Campus in Switzerland, and how "industrial" architecture has "lost its sense of humanity. The idea works great for the money thing, but it doesn't work great for the feeling thing."

•   A judge orders a Spanish political party to take down "Calatrava bleeds you dry' website" website (so it launches "Calatrava won't silence us").

•   The Graham Foundation awards over $520,000 in grants to 68 projects "that demonstrate innovative and thought-provoking ideas in architecture" (great presentation!).

•   Eyefuls of all 143 entries in Sydney's Green Square aquatic centre competition that will be whittled down to five finalists.

•   WorldWide Storefront initiative picks 10 projects for "a simultaneous, multi-locus of alternative spaces around the globe."

•   More details on the Van Alen Institute's benefit auction, "an unusually savvy list of 30 'design experiences' with prominent figures" (motorcycle tour with Cloepfil included).

•   Call for entries/RFP: The Energetic City: "redefine public spaces by identifying, creating and/or restoring, the vital but missing links apparent in NYC's physical, natural and digital realm."

Van Alen Institute Spring Party

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