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Today’s News - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

•   Szenasy ponders the AIA's "Look Up" campaign and the importance of diversity in its message: "we're seeing a new conception of architecture. I am hopeful that this vision has a good chance of becoming the reality - soon."

•   Saitta parses a new study that compares ancient and modern cities, and explains "why planners should care."

•   Hume is practically giddy with glee about a development proposal "unlike any seen in Toronto" that should "bring tears to the eyes of the most ardent urbanist" for "the lengths to which it goes to be part of the city, not simply occupy space within it."

•   Designing_SouthAfrica's Asmal offers the fascinating saga of a project to "to rethink the role of urban public space" in Johannesburg.

•   McDonald checks out the results of the competition-winning design for an arts center in Ireland that almost bit the dust when the economy tanked and the architects were dismissed: it "ended up being built under the supervision of quantity surveyors. Ruthless cost-cutting is evident in the completed building."

•   Preservationists are raising a red flag over plans to bulldoze Grimshaw's 1993 "Ship" building in Plymouth: "demolition could mean the city would fail to attract high-profile architects in the future."

•   Hoboken, NJ, is only the second U.S. city to become part of the UN's 45-city "Making Cities Resilient" campaign (the other is San Francisco).

•   Wainwright x 2: he delves deep into BIG's Dryline (formerly called the BIG-U), "a vision as ingenious as it is elementary, a why-didn't-they-do-it-already no-brainer of a plan."

•   He meets the space architects "measuring up the red planet for inflatable homes and farms made of moondust concrete."

•   Eyefuls of Ennead's design for the Shanghai Planetarium.

•   Move over Mall of America - the 200-acre American Dream Miami mall is gonna be bigger - with a Legoland, sea-lion show, ski slope - and submarine rides (and more!) included (yikes!).

•   Jiricná, Pawson, and Meier join upcoming stars for a "massive" project in Prague.

•   Bernstein parses (with lots of pix) Scheeren's auction house and cultural hub in Beijing: it "may represent a way forward for foreign architects in China under a culturally conservative regime."

•   Betsky tools around Snøhetta's Ryerson's Student Learning Center in Toronto: it is "the most unabashed version of a container for socialized surfing, and shows how to let students make monuments their own."

•   Morgan hails a Connecticut prep school's biomass heating plant that is "a study in environmental responsibility and innovative architecture. Centerbrook has produced one of its best designs ever."

•   The design of a new prison in Auckland "follows a progressive model that aims to promote rehabilitation with reward incentives."

•   Help Wanted: EPA Office of Sustainable Communities seeks a division director in the smart growth, green building, and sustainable development arenas (application deadline is Friday!).

•   RAIC gives KANVA the 2015 Emerging Architectural Practice Award.

•   Winners announced in the IIDA 42nd Interior Design Competition and 23rd Will Ching Design Competition.


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