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Today’s News - Tuesday, August 12, 2008

•   We lose a visionary much too soon.

•   Brussat tosses barbs at the Bird’s Nest (and the rest).

•   Part 2 of Kamin’s skyscraper wars: "for all the comforting similarities between America and Asia, there are marked, often controversial, differences."

•   A New Zealand developer opines that "restrictions on expanding into urban peripheries are responsible for the significant lack of affordable housing."

•   A planner praises eco-town plans.

•   Calys on the "ripe and raucous" zoning battle about to launch in San Francisco.

•   In Saint John, Canada, "this dog needs new design guidelines - and fast" (blame it on poor planning).

•   If people were expecting the first phase of Ottawa’s "filed of dreams" (a.k.a. LeBreton Flats) to be landmark architecture - it’s not.

•   Downtown Toledo ready for revitalization: "urbanity seems poised to swoop into the proverbial front door left open by a cul-de-sac nation" (but key components still missing).

•   Zandberg on an "ambitious, optimistic, naive and activist international festival-happening" and an alternative master plan for an Israeli village.

•   An amusing minute-by-minute account of "Kevin McCloud and the Big Town Plan."

•   New Ground Zero security plans: will they put a damper on creating a new neighborhood teeming with life?

•   PennPraxis report finds problems with Philadelphia’s casino plans.

•   Kamin and Hume on the battles between pedestrians and traffic in Chicago and Toronto.

•   Two takes on Venice, California’s plan to pave over big-name artists’ enclave.

•   Another expert challenges claims that argument that Robin Hood Gardens "fails as a place to live."

•   de Botton: "Nice buildings don’t always make us better people."

•   "Soft City" (1974) author Raban finds "cities have become harder, less humanly plastic in the past 30 years" (with sidebar review of the "era of urban visionaries" by Heathcote).

•   Call for entries: Flood Design International Competition.


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