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Today’s News - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

•   Jaffe tackles "disciplinary architecture" and "the hidden ways urban design segregates the poor" ("ostensibly well-intentioned").

•   Edelson parses the "lack of architects' voices" in the "poor door" debate that boils down to "the social importance of architecture itself" (great links, too).

•   Herbst finds out how some creatives and urbanists in L.A. experience "qualitative changes among the infrastructures that support their activities," and how "businesses, developers, museums, and city governance are changing the reception and application of community grown initiatives."

•   A warning to be "be wary of the covenant that creative placemaking offers," especially when it comes to music and audiences - the music of our time truly does change our thinking about places and the people in them."

•   A fascinating look at how Donald Judd's "quirky" Marfa, TX, is suffering from its own success: "like other wonderful places suffering from gentrification, the poor people always get shoved aside" (not just the poor).

•   Saffron raises some serious questions about plans for an apartment building behind Philly's iconic Rodin Museum: the developer "will be asking the city for a long list of favors. It is time for the city to demand something meaningful in return: a work of architecture that can stand proudly next to Cret's masterpiece."

•   In Greenville, SC, "simple elements combine for maximum impact" in a new plaza in the city's central downtown district.

•   After Maltzan's winning design to make over St. Petersburg's pier bit the dust, the Florida city hopes a second try will be a real winner: see RFQ below.

•   Wainwright cheers Grymsdyke Farm, "the ideal place for students to experiment with new technologies and local materials," and finds out "why every village needs a robot."

•   Andraos to succeed Wigley as Columbia's GSAPP dean (yay Amale!).

•   Arch Record names the winners of its First Annual Women in Architecture Awards (cheers to them all - and here's to many more!).

•   A good reason to head to Adelaide, Australia, in early September: 7th International Urban Design Conference: "Designing Productive Cities."

•   Call for entries (and lots of 'em!): RFQ: St. Petersburg Pier (Florida) redesign and replacement, or renovation + RFQ: Future Ground international competition to develop innovative strategies for vacant land reuse in New Orleans + Next Big One International Open Ideas Competition for innovative design solutions to mitigate natural disasters + Blueprint Awards 2014 for the very best in world architecture and design + Deadlines extended: 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition.

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