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Today’s News - Thursday, September 25, 2014

•   Yet "another twist in the 15-year saga" of Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial as the memorial commission seeks preliminary approval of the modified design - "and only that design."

•   Bad news in Big Development land as San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center's future is now "in doubt" after deal between the city and developers "falls apart" + Brooklyn's B2 modular tower in Atlantic Yards ('er - Pacific Park) stalls mid-rise in a nasty dispute between the developer and contractor/fabricator (why can't we all just get along?!!?).

•   Hadid's Brisbane towers "continue to raise eyebrows" and public debate: "Anything that creates discourse about what the city wants to look like is always positive."

•   Sydney's newest project will have a decidedly Danish accent as 3XN wins the bid "to remodel one of Sydney skyline's ugly ducklings" with "an extreme $1 billion makeover" (looks pretty cool!).

•   Lamster is left "sickened and angry" as he bears witness to the "unwarranted execution" of a "venerable" building in downtown Dallas's national historic district: "I will not soon forget the mortifying sound" (and it's not the only one).

•   Heatherwick's "Charlie-and-the-Chocolate-like" distillery for Bombay Sapphire "makes you see gin in a new light," so "raise a G&T to gin and country!" (we're game!).

•   Rinaldi cheers the Colorado Ballet's new home in Denver, and its architecture that "is a gift to the community" and the city's arts district (even better: "no flying ballerina is going to knock her head on the rafters").

•   University of Lethbridge in Alberta gets its first look at conceptual designs for its future science and academic building by KPMB/Stantec team.

•   Bernstein ponders who might be celebrating and who might be crying as nine cities contending for the Obama Presidential Library is winnowed down to four.

•   Miami is pleasantly surprised to find out that a team of local talent beat out international contenders to transform a parking lot into a park.

•   Three teams make the shortlist in the Changing Course Lower Mississippi River Delta Design Competition.

•   Two researchers, each on their own, seek to connect the calming effects parks and green spaces have on the brain.

•   British researchers connect the "positive psychological effects" of walking, biking, or taking public transit to work.

•   Jencks considers 10 Post-Modernist buildings and the movement's "unlikely rebirth": "architects were able to pick up the ideas and practice them with renewed power and grace - self-consciousness had to die so that creativity could live."

•   Fedorova considers the De La Warr Pavilion, "one of the most significant modernist buildings in Britain - almost 80 years after it was built it still strikes you as a slice of pure artistic vision."

•   Interns can "rejoice" now that NCARB has finally voted to approve big changes to streamline and overhaul the Intern Development Program.

•   A good reason to be in Barcelona Oct. 6-10: Gaudí 1st World Congress.

•   Call for entries: 2014 Berkeley Prize Student Essay Competition: Architects Confront Poverty (now international!).


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