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Today’s News - Friday, February 8, 2013

•   A new EPA report offers a menu of land use and community design strategies for advancing smart growth, environmental justice, and equitable development.

•   Sydney's second largest urban renewal project (after Barangaro), complete with a garden in the sky, is starchitect-studded - and "Nouvel's Sydney opus" (EPA report might come in handy?).

•   Lubell offers an eyeful of what will be the West Coast's tallest tower - the L.A. skyline will never be the same (in a good way - we can't wait to see the views from the top!).

•   Green does a walkabout around the new Barnes: "The effect of the new building and landscape on Philadelphia is significant" (and the new Sister Cities park nearby is a breath of fresh air).

•   Brandes Gratz cheers NYC being in "high celebratory mode" re: Grand Central's centennial, and its historic battle for landmark designation that changed "urban history nationwide," but the "real estate community is still trying to weaken the very foundation [of historic preservation] for their own purposes."

•   Grossman reports that Goldberg's Prentice hospital loses yet another bitter battle to be landmarked, "but the bulldozers won't run just yet."

•   On a brighter note, the "long, rancorous debate over the fate" of Rudolph's Orange County Government Center in Goshen, NY, has ended "abruptly" in "a stinging defeat" for the county executive who wanted to see it demolished - renovation is on the horizon!

•   Pallister parses Zumthor's Gold Medal lecture: the "medieval knight of Swiss architecture" wants an architecture "not of meaning but of being. It's just there like a tree. It doesn't need a goddamn explanation!"

•   Hopkirk finds out that the Swiss master has some "big ambitions" - if he can find a client who will let him to put aesthetics and "social engineering" before money: "If I wanted to dip my hands in dirty things I would do it in the sandbox with my grandchildren."

•   Some sorry statistics in the second AJ Women in Architecture survey: "unequal pay persists," and "61% do not think the building industry has fully accepted the authority of the female architect" (how pitiful is that?!!?).

•   To cheer things up a bit, a great slideshow essay of Travel + Leisure Design Awards 2013.

•   Call for entries: Vauxhall the Missing Link International Competition to link the U.S. Embassy Quarter and London's South Bank.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Pelletier parses CCA's "ABC : MTL - A Self-Portrait of Montréal": while it reveals "a city of fragmented identity and anecdotal history," can it "act as a platform to foster meaningful dialogue on current issues and encourage cultural change?"

•   Moore is a bit disappointed in "Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things" at London's Design Museum: "it has yet to shake off a bad postwar hangover," and is "still straitjacketed by a too-limited world view."

•   Kimmelman gives two thumbs-ups to Stoller show in NYC: his "pictures enshrine an era and an aesthetic that still speak to us."

•   In San Francisco, Dijardin's architectural photography will "break your brain": his "exquisitely crafted collages are so beautiful, it's sad to learn they're fakes."

•   Brin dives into the brine with "wave whisperer" Raichlen's new book, and Metz & van den Heuvel "Sweet & Salt" ("an elegant tome").

•   Bey brings us another gem from the Chicago Film Archives: "The City to See in '63": its "purposely deadpan narration - like a Carl Sandburgesque poem to the city - is also amusing."


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