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Today’s News - Thursday, January 15, 2015

•   Nouvel boycotts the opening of his Philharmonie de Paris, penning a long explanation to Dezeen: "I will not tolerate that untruthful, defamatory and disparaging writings or comments are made about me" (seems Russell was right - if you missed his take, click "Yesterday's News").

•   Dittmar calls on architects to "stop bashing each other" re: style wars, citing "the real problem with architecture and city making...in which the style warriors might find a common enemy."

•   Take heart, traditionalists! Kennicott reports on Schwarz winning the $200,000 Driehaus Prize, but "perhaps even more significant" is the $50,000 Henry Hope Reed Award going to Dr. Richard Jackson, "who has worked tirelessly to document and mitigate the public health impacts of urban sprawl and bad - or nonexistent - urban planning."

•   Australian architects are cautiously optimistic about two provisions in the new China-Australia Free Trade Agreement: they don't "necessarily mean that market access or working in China will become any easier."

•   Sperry minces no words about the AIA's "unwillingness to prohibit the design of torture facilities" - it is "a shocking, shameful and deeply troubling statement."

•   A city near Atlanta decides "not to let a half-completed development sit empty," but the "solution has been both praised and vilified."

•   Gaudí's only project outside of Spain will be built in Chile (one can only hope it doesn't take 100+ years!).

•   HOK gets back in the game of sports architecture with its acquisition of 360 Architecture.

•   Osborne offers a lively Q&A with Libeskind re: grand-scale collaboration, Ground Zero, his new National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, and being patient.

•   A new affordable housing project in Long Beach, CA, will have plenty of public amenities within walking distance.

•   New 3D mapping technologies are being used connect historic preservation and planning.

•   Shepard pens a most thoughtful and eloquent farewell as he exits Urban Omnibus (thank you, Cassim, for 6 terrific years!).

•   Six (amazing!) projects win the 2015 SEED Award for Excellence in Public Interest Design.

•   The 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Competition jury picks two(!) winners (oysters and organics included).

•   Call for entries: Lost Spaces Ideas Competition: Re-envisioning Calgary's remnant public spaces + 2015 Architecture Business Plan Competition for start-ups and young firms.



  

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