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Today’s News - Monday, January 12, 2015

•   It's looking like H&deM/Hassell's grand plans for Melbourne's Flinders Street Station will "be dumped" by the new Victorian Labor Government, saying it was "a 'coloring-in competition' by the former government 'in order to get some pretty cheap headlines.'"

•   Arnault's grand plans for SANAA's €460 million makeover of Paris's former department store La Samaritaine are stopped - again.

•   Beirut's "shiny new downtown" is filled with "plush apartments, posh cafes," and luxury boutiques, but something is missing: people.

•   Kennicott says the exterior of the Harvard Art Museums "is not one of Piano's more elegant structures," but he gives two thumbs-ups to the interior "that doesn't feel cobbled together but organically conceived from the beginning."

•   Hawthorne gives (mostly) thumbs-up to wHY's "compelling case for gray" at Pomona College that is "absolutely worth visiting, despite the imperfect results."

•   Kats can't find anything good to say about Libeskind's International Congress Xperience building in Mons, Belgium ("puerile and outdated" are the kinder words).

•   Wise offers a most thoughtful take on the "architectural importance of the U.S. Embassy in Havana," built in 1953.

•   Eyefuls of the "20 most ingenious works of architecture in 2014: It's been a banner year for architecture your 10-year-old self dreamed of."

•   Ingels (the 40-year-old geezer) offers advice to young architects: "comprehend the human needs outside of the architectural bubble."

•   Five teams in the running to master-plan the University College London's Olympic campus, a "key part of Olympicopolis."

•   Help wanted: Director of Cultural Heritage for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations.

•   Eyefuls of competition winners from all over: Architecture at Zero + vision42design (from France, Australia, Scotland, and NYC) + Red Square Tolerance Pavilion in Moscow + IIDA/ BMW Group DesignworksUSA Global Excellence Awards.

•   Call for entries: Stanley Hotel Hedge Maze Design Contest (remember "The Shining"?) + Axis Civitas: Gowanus by Design 3rd international design competition + Re-Defining Home: A Design Challenge + International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.


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