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Today’s News - Thursday, November 14, 2013

•   Benfield cheers "a trend of microdevelopment" that is "saving neighborhoods from the 'vacancy vortex'" (demolition not included).

•   Martin dives deep into the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan that would "decrease flooding and provide opportunities for handsome water-related architectural amenities and public spaces" - but would it really spur economic growth (skeptics abound).

•   A new AIA interactive graphic chart "shows the myriad ways in which careful decision-making during the architecture design process can positively impact life."

•   Bushels of new images of Foster's Apple spaceship HQ in Cupertino - the "internal arrangement of the office is still something of a mystery, but it's already come in for some skepticism."

•   Bey parses 3 finalists' designs to replace Goldberg's Prentice hospital: the "proposals show Northwestern University is looking for a big, efficient, machine-like building somewhere between a hotel and office building."

•   Hadid may have come in third in competition to design the Iraqi Parliament building in Baghdad, but it looks like she's getting the job anyway.

•   Eyefuls of the High Line's final stretch: a "lush, verdant" amphitheater that will float above the street (wonderful!).

•   Brussat falls out of love with skyscrapers: "it pains me to witness the decline of my affection."

•   Amid new calls to demolish the Brutalist Boston City Hall, Fixler makes a different case: "Why not work with what you have, which is the sustainable thing to do and the culturally referential thing to do."

•   Gang tapped to design a new home for Chicago's Writers Theatre that will have a "Theatre in a Park" atmosphere.

•   Beha tapped once again to design another expansion of the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut + Q&A with Beha architects re: their contemporary art and education center at the Shelburne Museum, "one of the most idiosyncratic institutions in the U.S."

•   A new documentary "will document what is changing in architecture today and how these changes are affecting women" by highlighting 5 "rising stars" (a landscape architect included!).

•   RAIC honors His Highness the Aga Khan with 2013 Gold Medal, the first time in more than 30 years that a non-architect has been chosen.

•   An impressive list of winners of the Mayor's Urban Design Awards in Calgary.

•   After much brouhaha, 6 make the shortlist to refurbish RIBA's new home.

•   One we couldn't resist: watch Maki's 4 World Trade Center rise in just 2 minutes.

•   Call For entries: 2014 AIA New York Design Awards, open to NYC architects and projects by others located in the city.


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