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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 6, 2010

•   Heathcote on the transformation of mega-cities to meta-cities, "a new breed of city" with lots of problems, but none are insoluble - "the city remains, on the whole, a civilizing place."

•   Hume x 2: when it comes to transit, politics has a blind spot that puts Toronto and the region 25 or more years behind where they should be.

•   He cheers Ryerson University urban planning students' proposals organized around a public transit network: "they are light years ahead of today's thinking."

•   A Stanford study finds land preservation efforts in Silicon Valley have had only a minor effect on housing construction, and demand for urban housing close to jobs and transit has helped bring developers and conservation groups together.

•   Greenberg resigns from Toronto waterfront sports complex project because it "fails to integrate with the Plan for the Lower Don Lands" (but he'll remain on the master plan team).

•   King on the preservation debate swirling around two lowly Presidio barracks, "an example of the inherent subjectivity as to what preservation in the 21st century should be."

•   BSA's Rotch Traveling Scholarship winner and runners-ups show "the potential for remaking the much-reviled Boston City Hall and its sprawling empty plaza at a time when its fate is in limbo" (now, if only the powers-that-be would pay attention - great slide show).

•   Chihuly glass museum debate revives question: Is Seattle Center a park or arts hub?

•   SANAA tapped to transform 141-year-old Art Nouveau La Samaritaine department store in Paris into a hotel.

•   OMA wins competition for Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec expansion (lots of pix).

•   ZGF wins $61 million Homeland Security HQ contract.

•   Merrick cheers the Junction, a new arts and civic center in Yorkshire: it is "a joy...viscerally anti-bling and a small triumph of lo-fi design."

•   Kennicott cheers a new Washington, DC, library: it "isn't radical or innovative, but it is the product of thoughtful design, and it looks handsome...a good reminder of why people pay taxes and what they get in exchange."

•   Arad's Holon Design Museum in Israel aims for the Bilbao effect; it "might lack its Spanish role model's interesting location and size," but it "makes up for any shortcomings with sheer chutzpah."

•   SHIFTboston competition winners are part of "a growing movement that aims to preserve - and reuse - urban infrastructure."

•   The Ford Foundation has a $100 million initiative to develop arts spaces and housing.

•   2010 IIDA-NC Honor Award and Pioneers in Design winners announced.

•   Call for entries: Build a Better Burb open ideas competition to retrofit 3 Long Island downtowns (cash prizes; no fee).


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