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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 17, 2012

•   Flint on urban highway removals: it's "happening in so many places, it's like an unspoken national urban policy," pleasing the "sustainability and Complete Streets crowd" (but not everyone).

•   Meanwhile, Golden, CO, keeps up its fight to keep Denver's beltway loop from passing through its valley, but "decentralization and sprawl have already happened": "The cow has left the barn."

•   Dvir cheers the boulevards of Tel Aviv that are "among the city's most treasured public assets" that offer "oases of green among the asphalt."

•   RSH+P tapped to redevelop central Monte Carlo to "breathe new life into the district and create an example of green urban planning and sustainable development" (ca-ching!).

•   While NYC's Javits Convention Center undergoes a $463 million renovation, plans are afoot to build a $4 billion (and the world's largest) convention center in Queens, with the Javits site becoming a mixed-use redevelopment a la Battery Park City.

•   Moore marvels at A Room for London: it's "intelligent, witty, pleasurable, and is based on observing its surroundings as they actually are, rather than imposing a bombastic idea of what they should be."

•   MLRP's Mirror House in Copenhagen Central Park is a marvel in its own way (though birds have yet to weigh in).

•   Legorreta + Legorreta's plans for's HQ in Mission Bay is "an eye-popping" 14-acre, 8-building campus (expect lots of color).

•   Holman writes eloquently about his experiences working at Arcosanti, Rural Studio, and YouthBuild - "and about the professional challenges facing architects who want to 'put together a career in social design.'"

•   Sorg sings a (sort of) hopeful tune re: architecture still being a man's world: "I've seen a shift for the better. But there's still a glass ceiling."

•   Kamin tracks Ronan, whose star is "already shining brightly."

•   Q&A with Graves re: his 2012 Driehaus Prize: "What is interesting about winning it is that it opens up the prize to other architects like myself, who aren't strict classicists."

•   Gehry signs on to design sets for the L.A. Philharmonic's "Don Giovanni" at Disney Hall.

•   Trouble brews for a private architecture college in Melbourne that "copied documents from a theological college" for a quality audit, claiming "that was acceptable" (any less acceptable than producing "no architecture graduate since 2001"?).

•   The 2012 Civic Trust Awards (rather long) shortlist announced (great presentations).

•   Call for entries: Applications for GSD's Daniel Urban Kiley Teaching Fellowship in Landscape Architecture + AIA National Photography Competition.


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