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Today’s News - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

•   The Carbuncle Cup 2014 winner is such a carbuncle that even the chair of the planning board that approved it years ago admits: "It is a flawed project and I regret my role as its midwife."

•   Baillieu minces no words about Gehry's "towering folly" in Arles being "defiantly a 'destination building' - Arles doesn't need rescuing from oblivion by a single miraculous piece of architecture."

•   Piano's Centro Botín rising on the public waterfront in Santander, Spain, is raising the ire of critics who claim it is "a modern-day pyramid for the glory of a banker in his company town."

•   It will be interesting to see what critics have to say about the "neo-futuristic façades" of Hadid's three residential towers rising on "an abandoned cancer cluster site" in Brisbane.

•   Berg cheers Sejong City, South Korea's new seat of government that promises "a new form of urbanism - perhaps the largest test of a new approach to citymaking - one that here starts with landscape architecture."

•   Q&A with Laurinda Spear re: why ArquitectonicaGEO: "we realized that landscape thinking was not incorporated into our designs and added only later. It was initiated with the idea that architects and landscape architects can and should work synergistically."

•   Flint bemoans the end of his summer at the beach with "an end-of-days feeling" because of climate change; now "there's a whole new game" in the real estate world: "calculating where the new coastline is going to be, and thus what are effectively going to be the waterfront properties of the future."

•   A look at how cities across the country, despite lack of state or federal support, are embracing resiliency measures, "using natural disasters as a way to get their infrastructure, personnel, and budgets better prepared for the next."

•   An Australian launches a website where scientists "express their fear, frustration, distress, and confusion about the growing threat of climate change and the politicization of the issue."

•   Hosey delves deeply into the green building rating wars (lobbyists and big bucks and chemicals and timber...oh my!).

•   Kops argues that while LEED may be the "dominant green building rating system," the Living Building Challenge is "is raising the bar" to "design for positive impact" rather than just limit the negative.

•   A new survey looks at where architects and designers get their understanding of people from: "Mostly, subjective observation and untested assumption" rather than fact-based evidence, but "in the face of continuing and rapid social change, our traditions must evolve."

•   A great take on how and why millennial-generation architects "just might be the ones to push social responsibility out into the world."

•   Weizman explains "forensic architecture" and what it reveals about the conflict in Gaza and elsewhere ("home-pickled cucumbers and endless cups of coffee" included).

•   Lamster comes away with glass-half-full and glass-half-empty feelings after leading a panel discussion on "the profession's failure to promote and retain women. The good news is that the first step to rectifying this problem is acknowledging its existence - but the bad news is pretty darn bad."

•   A look at how mergers, like the recent HOK/ 360 Architecture deal, are changing the business of design.

•   World Monuments Fund and AmEx award preservation grants to nine historic sites on the 2014 World Monuments Watch list.

•   Call for entries: GSA has put out a Request for Information/RFI to optimize use of the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA.

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