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Today’s News - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

•   How could we resist starting the day with eyefuls of all 1,715 Stage One submissions to the Guggenheim Helsinki design competition!

•   Moore says it's time to get serious about rethinking the U.K.'s greenbelt policies: "it is no longer good enough to insist that green belts must, at all costs, never change."

•   3 big challenges in planning multi-modal cities: "It's just not as simple as 'stop prioritizing cars.'"

•   Giovannini's Q&A with Gehry re: his Fondation Louis Vuitton, and "how his design process influenced the result" (we meant to include in yesterday's round-up of reviews).

•   Betsky goes back to Ground Zero: "the 9/11 Memorial Museum powerful as anything this country has produced since the Vietnam Memorial," but the "Tiffany-priced and useless canopy for the PATH train station looks like the carcass of a dead turkey" (and a stab at Piano's "misshapen monolith" that is the new Whitney).

•   King rounds up 15 San Francisco buildings that are "the antidote to my rogues' gallery of local lumps I wish would go away."

•   Bevan cheers the Geffrye Museum's second stab at a new extension: "an elegant new proposal" that is "so self-effacing yet so obvious that you wonder why no one thought of it before."

•   Odd bedfellows: pairing ruin porn and green preservation: "architects are becoming more equipped" at reinventing "sites of urban decay as part of the sustainable future of the city."

•   Berlin has bold plans for an arm of the River Spree that "could stand as a textbook case on how to improve urban waterways" (swimming included).

•   Calgary's new neighborhood rising (not too high) along the Bow River will soon sprout a "Mayan Riviera" of a building.

•   A generous gift will turn Baltimore's historic Parkway Theater into a film center (how could we resist a billboard-sized John Waters?!!).

•   Rybczynski pens an eloquent ode to "the late, great Paul Cret: He belonged to a generation which believed that an architect had a responsibility to treat architecture as a medium of public expression."

•   Three leading educators from GSAPP, Cranbrook, and SCI-Arc weigh in on why design education matters.

•   Winners all: an impressive group makes the winners' list in the inaugural ULI Urban Land Magazine 40 Under 40 of "the world's best and brightest young land use professionals" (glad to see some friends among 'em!) + 2014 ULI Urban Open Space Award for Dallas's Klyde Warren Park.

•   Eyefuls of Australia's 2014 National Landscape Architecture Awards (wow!).

•   The AIA ABI "shows robust conditions ahead for the construction industry" (yay!!!).

•   One we couldn't resist (having nothing to do with architecture): "Why Dogs Look Like Their Owners: Woof."


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