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Today’s News - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

•   It's a Zaha kind of day: Two designs in the running to replace hers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium are already being blasted for being "boring, mediocre Japanese designs" - no official word of who the architects are, but word has it that it's Kuma and Ito.

•   Her massive Mariners Cove development in Australia has the neighboring Sea World making waves that "could cause some support to be withdrawn."

•   On a brighter note, AN offers a great Q&A with the Grande Dame re: drawing, her High Line project in NYC, and the Chicago Biennial: it's "a strong reminder that regardless of any controversy, her influence is epic and expanding."

•   Wainwright and Ulmanu take an in-depth (and totally fascinating) look at the "tortured heap of towers" looking to shape the "London skyline of tomorrow. Besides blocking the sky, there will be consequences on the ground" (with great graphics - a must-read!).

•   Perhaps London officials (and those in every other city) should sit down with a copy of Smart Growth America's newly-released "ReBuilding Downtown: A Guidebook for Revitalization" that deals with equitable development: "It ends the same way it begins - with community engagement."

•   Jervis ponders whether Assemble's Turner Prize might be "a poisoned chalice": "one humble request: please no 'experimental pavilions' at design fairs, architectural biennials or art galleries - that way lies the path to closeted irrelevance."

•   Betsky makes the case for "crunchy architecture": "It is the opposite of the kind of slick, bland, and anonymous forms in which most of us are imprisoned every day" (sounds very Assemble-ish to us).

•   Brownell parses the COP21 Paris climate summit, and "where the AEC sector stands": "two audacious targets for sustainable design are just the beginning of the radical innovation we can bring to the designed environment."

•   Anderton and Artsy line up impressive rosters of experts who discuss the "growing jitters about public gathering" and how it might "impact the design of civic space"; and whether Los Angeles can ever be water self-sufficient.

•   Zeiger explains why Orange Coast College's expansion plans paint a "grim" future for several notable structures by Neutra and Alexander, and "also destroy a historic landscape design by Eckbo"; Alan Hess weighs in, too.

•   Plans for a WW1 memorial in D.C.'s Pershing Park "encounter roadblocks": "comments from Commission of Fine Arts members ranged from disappointment to outright rebuke" ("Sometimes juries shouldn't pick anybody").

•   Meanwhile, Sydney selects a subtle and touching memorial design for the siege of the Lindt Café on Martin Place.

•   Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park complex unveils the next tower, dubbed B15.

•   Georgia State University's new College of Law building is the university's first to achieve LEED certification.

•   Kamin reports that Lohan Anderson is closing its doors to join Wight & Co.

•   Azure magazine picks the 10 Best Buildings of 2015: "it's been a good year for every building typology" + The 10 Best Cultural Buildings of 2015 "bring out the best in ambitious architects."

•   Call for entries (deadlines loom!): Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion + Call for Papers: 2016 AIBC Annual Conference: Building A Resilient Future, in Vancouver next May.

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