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Today’s News - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

•   Zeiger ponders what design strategies might be "robust enough to resist this new political climate. When taken up as a politicized, bottom-up practice, it is nothing less than an act of radical hope."

•   Hyderabad-based architect Venugopal has some issues with the process around master-planning a new Indian state capital, and the decision to call for new tenders instead of committing to Maki's competition-winning plan: "the government's current thinking seemingly blurs the distinction between fantastic imagery and architecture."

•   O'Sullivan parses the impressive statistics being touted for a proposed humongous casino outside of Madrid that has "politicians drooling" - but the numbers don't add up; it's the kind "magical thinking that helped pump up, then burst, Spain's property bubble in the first place."

•   Case in point - Spain's really big white elephant: Eisenman's €475.9 million "hulking" City of Culture of Galicia; now there's a short film that "keenly depicts how this former symbol of civic pride and cultural robustness has faded."

•   Betsky has a few issues with "the High Line Effect," with a new generation of parks, "now for yuppies," that may "do wonders for the value of the real estate around them," but "along the way, they reinforce the embedding of social injustice into our cities."

•   Speaking of the High Line Effect: Melbourne's Greening the Pipeline pilot project is a grand plan to turn a derelict but heritage-listed sewer into a 27-kilometer linear park.

•   Melbourne is also getting its second Hadid tower that replaces ARM Architecture's plan to convert a former police building into residential apartments.

•   As long as we're Down Under: the $1.5-billion International Convention Centre Sydney at Darling Harbour is ready for its close-up.

•   The V&A plans to open a new gallery "devoted to 20th- and 21st-century international design" in the Maki-designed culture and arts center in Shekou, Shenzhen "as part of the newly established Design Society cultural platform."

•   A sneak-peek inside the MGM National Harbor's casino that includes an iron gate, designed by Bob Dylan (yes, that Bob Dylan).

•   Eyefuls of Radio Canada's new HQ in Montreal by BLTA and Quadrangle Architects.

•   Green looks at new tech campuses blurring the line between work and home "that may filter out to other suburban corporate campuses in coming decades."

•   Winston's Q&A with Meier re: NYC's latest skyscrapers ("an insult to the city"), the color white, Trump, women in architecture (that may upset some), building models, and more.

•   Dickinson makes the case to include cost and budgets as "an integral part of architectural education and criticism" - otherwise, "design will continue to live in an aesthetic bubble and fall easy prey to bean counters" (and "growing irrelevance"). - Meanwhile, NCARB's new licensure program at 17 schools will allow architecture students to get licensed a lot faster.

•   WELL and BREEAM align their standards "to make it easier for projects pursuing both standards."

•   Eyefuls of the finalists in AECOM/Van Alen Institute's "Urban SOS: Fair Share" competition.

•   Call for entries: Royal Architectural Institute of Canada $100,000 Moriyama RAIC International Prize + Call for presentations for ASLA 2017 Annual Meeting in L.A. next October.

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