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Today’s News - Wednesday, June 23, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for missed posting yesterday - the technology gods decided to chew on our computer for most of the day.

•   Rykwert pays tribute to Dennis Sharp, "architect, designer, historian, teacher and dedicated defender of the environment."

•   The "collective efforts of the finest, hippest architects and entrepreneurs" in Edmonton results in the NextGen report that includes a statement of civic values that should help shape the city's future.

•   Hosey puts blame on BP for the Gulf oil spill, but "the real culprit isn't any oil company, it's consumption itself."

•   Kamin x 2 re: mall makeovers - with some winners, some losers, can the mall's "imperfect version of urbanism" cultivate a desire for more of the real thing?

•   Uhlir weighs in on Ottawa's watered-down plans for Lansdowne Park landscape: it "lacks the wow-factor that would make it a world-class design."

•   An ambitious new plan for Manhattan's Water Street (places for people included).

•   Woods Bagot New York has an iceberg-like idea for temporary structures as "architectural placeholders" on stalled construction sites.

•   British parks face big budget cuts, but beware: "It is in the best of times that we expect to have great public spaces, but it is in the worst of economic times that we really need them to be great."

•   More on de Botton's Living Architecture to get people to "embrace rather than run from modern design."

•   Hawthorne comes up with an interesting shortlist of who might follow Eli Broad as L.A.'s architectural patron.

•   Plans move ahead for a 42-story condo tower "smack in the middle of the Arts District" in Dallas.

•   A conversation with the co-curator of the Irish Pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale.

•   Audi sponsors visions of a "car-friendly urban future."

•   NYC high school students work shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the city's biggest firms to build a full-size emergency shelter in three hours - "some really strange structures went up."

•   AIA names winners of 2010 YAF/COD Ideas Competition for innovative solutions to shelter needs following a disaster.

•   A good reason to be in London next week: Columbia GSAPP's C-BIP London Think Tank at the Design Museum.

•   We couldn't resist: What one girl in Beijing does when it's hard to find parking (why didn't we think of that!).


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