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Today’s News - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

•   We lose Jerde (so young!), whose "blow-up-the-box ideas" redefined shopping malls and urban spaces, making "outdoor walking and gathering areas a top priority."

•   Florida is intrigued with a new study that indicates neighborhoods aren't changing because of gentrification, but rather "youthification."

•   CannonDesign's Ellis explains how his Boomer generation will shape cities' futures - "joined by the young Millennials, we will be a powerful force for change."

•   Hosey parses the first ARCADIS Sustainable Cities Index ranking 50 leading cities globally: "the idea is to figure out what is working well now so that other cities can chart a manageable path for the future."

•   Brasuell parses a new report by Smart Growth America's National Complete Streets Coalition that cheers on the "Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014."

•   Birnbaum and Francis call Chicago officials on the carpet re: the Obama Presidential Library for being "so accepting of University of Chicago's demands based on vague justifications, unsubstantiated claims, and misleading polling" - Washington Park "is not the only choice" (and could tarnish Obama's legacy).

•   Pogrebin reports that Viñoly/ESI Design's Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston is almost ready for its close-up, with the aim "to restore respect for Congress at a time when rancor and partisanship have seriously damaged its reputation" (that's a tall order these days!).

•   Colgate University gives the go-ahead for Adjaye's $21 million Center for Art and Culture in Upstate New York.

•   Pearson reports on a gathering of international architects in Bangladesh, and the founding of the new Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes, and Settlements: "We need a new kind of urbanism."

•   Fast Company names The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Architecture, and The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Design (a few surprises).

•   Jess Tse, a 23-year-old Australian architect, designs a wing for a maximum security prison in Victoria: ""Prisons should be therapeutic, not punitive, for both staff and inmates," she says.

•   Q&A with Nicki Reckziegel, winner of the Canada Council's 2014 Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners, re: "institutions of refuge" and what she plans to do with her win.

•   Q&A with Alison Killing re: how the "Death in Venice" project at the Venice Biennale "has challenged her own perception of death, and how she plans to make space for better dying."

•   Hattenstone finds himself "in modernist heaven" on a walking tour of Manchester, U.K.'s Brutalist buildings: "There is something heartbreakingly ugly about these buildings. But there is also something strangely beautiful."

•   Hatherley names his "top 10 favorite ugly buildings" around the UK that "are all worth a visit."

•   Speaking of which (and one we couldn't resist): "Brutal London" paper cut-outs "for the concrete apologist."

•   MacKay-Lyons takes home the RAIC 2015 Gold Medal: he continues to be a "major influence on current and future generations of architects."

•   40 projects shortlisted for the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award (some expected, some not so expected).

•   Five are in the running for the 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence.


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