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Today’s News - Tuesday, July 19, 2011

•   This year's Rudy Bruner Award winners are models for collaborative efforts in creating successful civic places.

•   Merrick thoughtfully weighs in on the architectural and cultural rivalry between Glasgow and Edinburgh and their two new museums: Hadid's is "an oddly gentle presence on the quayside," and Hoskins created "a really wonderful space; you can't help smiling when you walk into this one."

•   Hawthorne cheers Rogers Marvel's winning design for President's Park South as "a nimble combination of boldness and restraint" (and, surprisingly, "among the least traditional"); the larger message is how post- 9/11 security has worked its way "into the fabric of the American cityscape" everywhere.

•   In Russia, the St. Petersburg Naval Museum shows off the shortlisted proposals for a former military barracks.

•   Washington, DC, and Los Angeles have big dreams for their big Union Stations; one, a mixed-use development across 14 acres of platform with a designer/planner in place, the other looking for a "Vision Plan" (with many architects thinking their "gift to the public" would be "a waste of their time and resources"); RFQ to follow.

•   Cuningham Group's 2009 Bavarian-themed Alpensia resort in Pyeonchang may not have won South Korea's 2014 Winter Olympics bid, but it looks like it had a hand in garnering the thumbs-up for 2018.

•   Arieff looks "beyond the cubicle" and finds "some truly inventive things happening in the world of work."

•   We've been following various plans for the humongous Nazi-built beach-front resort in Prora; now part of it has been refurbished as a 400-bed youth hostel (other parts still available, if you're interested).

•   U.K.'s architecture minister blogs about architects and why they're "just one of those groups people love to mock" (along with "slippery estate agents, over-paid footballers and disingenuous politicians" - oh my!).

•   St. Louis gets serious about saving some of its mid-center Modern treasures, with a lot of "fuss" that's "some of the "some of the loudest and strongest heard here in years."

•   If further proof is needed, Pruitt-Igoe Now issues a call for entries to re-imagine the 33-acre site of "one of the nation's most notorious public housing projects" demolished in 1977.

•   Call for entries (and very, very short notice - but we couldn't resist)): Pop-Up Chapel in which the first same-sex couples in New York will be legally married at Merchant's Gate in Central Park on July 30 (deadline: this Thursday!).


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