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Today’s News - Thursday, July 1, 2010

•   The Dirt dishes up two excellent synopses of The Atlantic magazine's Future of the City forum and the TEDx conference on the continuing catastrophic oil spill.

•   Former Barcelona mayor Joan Clos offers his advice and philosophy for urban planning that could help make Istanbul the next Barcelona.

•   A call to give Jane Jacobs' "ideas something of a rest" - and re-think NYC's ULURP, a "generally valueless document" that is "crafted mainly to foil any lawsuits by opponents of development."

•   Q&A with HUD head honcho Donovan re: "the opportunity for architects to play a larger role in transforming communities" + the very green Via Verde affordable housing in the Bronx.

•   HUD may also give a leg up to Louisville's long-stalled REX-designed Museum Plaza project (remember that one?).

•   London and South Africa ponder the future of new sports venues; with any luck, "white elephant stadiums could be an endangered species."

•   Pearman says the new Royal Shakespeare Company may not be perfect, but "bravo for the architecture of bricolage."

•   Flint cheers the "satisfying outcome" for Riverside Park in Cambridge, a site "with a tortured history" that finally came together because of "a team effort rather than a one-man [read starchitect] show."

•   The appalling state of St. Paul's historic Union Depot is about to change for the better.

•   One of Toronto's PUG winners "was a long time in claiming her prize," but there was a "morass of mediocrity in the residential category."

•   A new alliance of Singapore design industry organizations hopes to encourage a cross-pollination of ideas and concepts.

•   Docomomo Ireland re-launches next week.

•   Winners all (and well worth a look): 2010 Passive House Awards, and IDEO/DESIGN21 Living Climate Change Video Challenge.

•   Call for entries: RFQ for consultant services for Seattle Central Waterfront Project.


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