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Today’s News - Thursday, July 18, 2013

•   Pardon our over-use of exclamation points(!), but it's phenomenal day of impressive winners and shortlists (and some news that merits attention and a cool call for entries)!

•   Heathcote, Merrick, Wainwright, and others weigh in on the Stirling Prize shortlist: nary a starchitect (or a London building) among them: "blockbuster building on the wane"; "it's 'excellent ordinary' buildings we need more of"; "refreshing for its wave of new names" that "puts women to the fore" (refreshing, indeed - and all are worth reading!).

•   Four finalists in FAR ROC competition hail from NYC, Toronto, London, and Goteborg, Sweden (an international array of Honorable Mentions, too) - good news for Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Rockaways!

•   +Pool Kickstarter campaign hit its goal, "but it should have been easier."

•   UNStudio wins Yongjia World Trade Center Competition in Wenzhou, China, with a not-typical plan.

•   5468796 Architecture wins $50,000 Professional Prix de Rome that will "set the table for informal conversations about architecture" in eight cities on four continents.

•   NEA hands out 2013 Our Town Grants to 59 projects that support creative placemaking.

•   The 2013 R+D Awards go to eight (very cool!) projects, processes, and products (lots of images/info).

•   The AIA's 2011 Latrobe Prize for "Public Interest Practices in Architecture" report now available (and well worth reading!).

•   Two great teams in the running for the U.K.'s 2014 Venice British pavilion.

•   A Perth-based team named to "present an 'alternative architectural reality'" for Australia's 2014 Venice Biennale pavilion.

•   Kotkin explains why "Singapore needs a new sling," and the initial steps the city is taking to make it happen.

•   A new study looks at the real - and high cost - of blight in Dallas.

•   Another study looks at why it's so difficult to get things moving: "You would think that public agencies would enlist the services of AEC firms now more than ever to fill in the gaps left in shrinking departments. Instead, we are seeing declines" (blame it on the stupid sequester).

•   In Hyderabad, India, a historic hotel collapses (killing at least 18): the "tragedy spotlights the precarious condition" of hundreds of the city's buildings: "While the authorities are busy pulling down run down buildings, no thought is spared for heritage structures - official apathy and indecisiveness have added to the pace of decay."

•   Bremner criticizes plans to create a new ChristChurch Cathedral, calling it "depressing. If it does happen, then ignorance and cynicism will be seen to have won the day."

•   On a brighter note, Dunlap gets a sneak-peek at Calatrava's WTC Transit Hub: "the most astonishing feature" is "that a structure of such colossal proportions should be devoted to unobstructed public use."

•   Call for entries: Royal Adelaide Hospital Site Open Ideas Competition (international).


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