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Today’s News - Wednesday, January 25, 2017

•   Let's get the "saddening/maddening" (h/t to Illya Azaroff) Trumpian news over with: A sobering look at what federal agencies and programs could see major cuts in Trump's "bulldozer budget" - many should be of major concern to the A/E/C industry.

•   Gag orders placed on a number of agencies (EPA, HHS, etc.) banning employees from communicating with Congress, the press, and the public (tweeting included).

•   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "abruptly cancels" its long-planned Climate and Health Summit.

•   An architect in Texas outlines how architecture could make the Mexican border "an economic driver instead of militarized wastelands - if we do it the right way."

•   Kayden let's us end on a lighter note as he talks about the "checkered history" of Trump Tower's "little bench that could" that now serves "the public interest in ways never imagined."

•   The revised concept of Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial in DC may have been approved, but faces more hurdles (National Civic Art Society's Shubow railed against the original design, but "said the original is superior" - go figure).

•   Wainwright cheers technologies being developed to make urban planning more inclusive and less "complicated, time-consuming, and full of confusing jargon" (then there are the critics).

•   Hawthorne ventures into L.A.'s Arts District Park: the neighborhood may be "thrilled," but it "gives the strong impression that it is not a fully public space."

•   Saffron explains why Philly's "Great Rittenhouse Square No-Sitting Controversy is far from over," despite the mayor's "Sit where you want" tweet.

•   A great round-up: "Borders: Stories about places on the edge."

•   Gallagher cheers the news that the long-abandoned Albert Kahn-designed Free Press building in Detroit will be rescued and re-used (no mention of restoration architect).

•   The American Academy in Rome names preservation engineer, architectural historian, and professor Ochsendorf as Director (we loved his Guastavino exhibition and monograph!).

•   Eyefuls of the winning design "to re-imagine Mumbai's 'forgotten' Maharashtra Nature Park."

•   Eyefuls of the Moontopia competition winners offering "visions for lunar architecture."

•   The Arch League puts the spotlight on its Emerging Voices 2017 winners (great group!).

•   Call for entries: Arch League's Deborah J. Norden Fund Travel and Study Grants + Deadline extended for Harvard GSD 2017 Wheelwright Prize + 2017 Buckminster Fuller Challenge + Speaker proposals for VERGE 2017 Conference and Expo on technology and sustainability.

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