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Today’s News - Thursday, June 16, 2011

•   Your must-read of the day: How an evolutionary biologist, "using the lens of evolution to understand life in a struggling city," ends up as a community organizer, "supporting and partially funding a slew of improvement schemes" (doggy parks included)

•   London's Broadgate saga continues re: the "demolition of this overbearing bully of a building": White watches for two things: "How much fuss will the heritage lobby make? And how good will the new building be?" + While preservationists charge the powers-that-be of bowing to economic pressure, Shuttleworth cheers the decision not to list Broadgate as "great news for architecture, great news for London and good news for us" (what else would he say?).

•   Brussat takes on Gehry's Eisenhower memorial that is "more about the architect than the general" ("To be kind, it is dull and clunky"): he cheers the winners in a counter-competition who offer lots of arches, columns, obelisks, colonnades (what else?).

•   A terrific look at IBM on its 100th anniversary: "How Big Blue helped redefine corporate architecture" with a building boom that "cemented its role as design patron" (great slide show!).

•   Baltimore County finds muddy puddles along the road to PUDs (planned unit development): does it allow developers leeway to bypass rules, or make "room for projects that suit a community even if zoning doesn't permit them"?

•   Europe's biggest travel company is turning a Tuscan village "into what they hope will be a modern, multicultural vacation paradise for millionaires" (oh joy).

•   TEN Arquitectos has a hot plan for Tabasco, Mexico (bikes and pedestrians welcome).

•   Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands takes on the challenge to "turn a 'tortuous and incoherent layout' of seven original buildings" into a spectacular international HQ for Bonhams auction house in London.

•   Pearson wends his way through Belzberg's Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust: "its refusal to preach and its dramatic procession of increasingly intense spaces engage visitors in an architectural and philosophical dialogue not easily forgotten or ignored" (great slide show).

•   An intriguing trio vie to design a "world-class border art form on a grand scale" that "will signify Scotland's border with England" (alas, no pix).

•   A look at Beirut's first green-roofed tower (and Foster + Partners' first project in Lebanon).

•   A good day to be in London: the inaugural Open City London Documentary Film Festival launches + a good day to be in Prague: the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space takes off.

•   Winners all: an impressive list of 69 win Graham Foundation 2011 Grants to Individuals with projects that "expand and strengthen the scope of contemporary architectural discourse" (great presentations) + Topos Landscape Award 2011 to Antje Stokman for her "multi-disciplinary approaches" that prove "capable landscape architects - and above all female landscape architects - can play a leading role in this effort" + $300 House Open Design Challenge winners (an interesting mix).


Institute of Urban Design Design Competition

Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture

World Architecture Festival!

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