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Today’s News - Thursday, November 13, 2014

•   Baillieu bemoans that, on the fourth anniversary of the Localism Act, planning in London "has never felt less local. There is very little democracy in evidence now - councils don't make the decisions; politicians do."

•   Civic Innovation Labs are popping up in city halls across the country, leading "to taxpayer investment in private sector organizations addressing social issues," but perhaps a little less top-down and more bottom-up initiatives would be better.

•   Chicago parks advocates take "a surprising legal tack" in efforts to block the Lucas Museum, and "will argue in federal court that the site sits on reclaimed waterways and therefore can't be handed over to a private entity."

•   Q&A with the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities President Berkowitz re: how it is supporting resiliency strategies on a global scale.

•   Investors have faith in Downtown Tulsa's reawakening, but "despite the area's improving fortunes, more density and content is needed to generate a true urban vibe."

•   Swansea, Wales, taps Hassell's Maher (from Down Under) to help transform its city center "into a hub of commerce, culture and leisure" with hopes of transforming "the whole region's fortunes."

•   Gehry's first Australian building "has drawn both praise and criticism - but for UTS it is what's inside that counts," and "the technology that went into the construction could be a game changer for the local industry."

•   A "jaw-dropping" building for Diego Portales University in Santiago, Chile, "evokes permanence and stability, but stands out from the corporate architecture" around it - it feels "creative, but not whimsical."

•   Former Frick Director Fahy speaks out against expansion plan: "It's awful."

•   A progress report on the AIA 2030 Commitment: More projects are meeting targeted carbon reduction goals, but the number of firms submitting data is decreasing (hopes are that the numbers will grow with a new online system to make the process easier and more accessible).

•   Green cheers Richmond, Virginia's "transformational riverfront plan" that should "boost revitalization efforts in this newly resurgent city."

•   The winner of the UIA-HYP Cup 2014 addresses storms, both natural and political, in Cyprus.

•   Heatherwick's Garden Bridge across the Thames "passes first planning hurdle" - one more to go, and work could being next year.

•   Word is that BIG gets its first big break in the U.K. with a new public square to be a "front door" to the Battersea Power Station redevelopment.

•   The NJIT/Kean University feud continues over plans for a Michael Graves School of Architecture - now, even Kean "faculty members also question the new program."

•   Help Wanted: Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Architecture (Structures) at the University of Hartford.

•   Eyefuls of the 2014 Europe 40 under 40 emerging young architects and designers.

•   8th Annual Spark Design & Architecture Awards winners (and lots of 'em!).

•   Finalists announced in the 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion competition.


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