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Today’s News - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Amsterdam's architectural highlights by some very notable names.

•   Giovannini minces no words about why he thinks Gehry should design LACMA, and why Zumthor's "portfolio inspires little confidence that he should be hired for a project of this size and cultural complexity" (it might be "more suave and curvy" than what's there, but it's "just as spatially dumb" - ouch!).

•   Woodman, Dittmar, and Moore weigh in on the Stirling Prize shortlist with different takes on what should win and why - and "this year's most glaring omission" (all have to do with place-making over object-making).

•   Ward makes some pointedly critical observations about Melbourne's MPavilion, and whether it really can be the city's answer to London's Serpentine Pavilion: it's "a temporary pavilion in a park, designed by an architect. That, for now though, is about where the similarity ends," but with high hopes it will be "about more than plonk-itecture" and "public architecture by fiat."

•   Saitta is serious about his "Manifesto for an Intercultural Urbanism," but cautions that "the risk is the perpetuation of stereotypes about cultural difference."

•   A great look at the growing number of cities re-thinking their elevated urban highways (comments are interesting, too!).

•   Three Dallas architects call for a re-thinking of plans to build a tollway, "another city-splitting barrier - a poorly located, inappropriate measure from earlier times."

•   Architecture theorist Dreyer offers a fascinating take on how "the vast urban planning projects of Soviet-era Russia are being reborn in modern China": "The Soviet city is dead - long live Beijing."

•   Zhuang, meanwhile, delves into how Chinese urbanism is changing the face of African cities: its "practical investment diplomacy has emerged as a powerful alternative to Western development aid that is geared towards reducing poverty instead" (though it also presents a "paradox" for the locals).

•   Sydney gears up for a massive urban renewal project on the Darling Harbour waterfront, and will invite "the world's best urban designers" to discuss it later this year.

•   Meanwhile Wilkinson Eyre isn't concerned if it has to cut down a bit of height on its towering Barangaroo casino project: "If we go lower, we'll probably end up with something a little fatter" (doesn't that sound appealing).

•   MacCash spends some quality time with Eskew+Dumez+Ripple to talk about its "year of tragedy and triumph": the unexpected death of Eskew "came as a collective gut punch," and winning the AIA Architecture Firm Award "was a bittersweet rebound."

•   Holl says winning planning for his Maggie's Centre at St. Bart's Hospital is a bigger victory than winning the Praemium Imperiale: "Always architecture for me is more important as you have the chance to give something to the public."

•   The AIA gets behind NIBS's National Performance-Based Design Guide, "the first broad-reaching performance-based tool for facility owners and building industry professionals to prioritize performance opportunities that stem from climate, site, program, mandates," etc.

•   Call for entries: Call for Ideas to Remember: A Memorial for the Canterbury Earthquakes in New Zealand + Call for applications: 2015 Graham Foundation Grants to individuals for projects about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

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