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Today’s News - Wednesday, July 14, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: Just a reminder that we're three hours behind home base for the next two weeks, so newsletter will be arriving a bit later than usual.

•   We lose Günter Behnisch, whose "radical modern designs...shaped the face of the new German democracy."

•   Angotti on closing the "huge gap between the land use professionals...and community activists" as NYC mulls a major City Charter overhaul (issues other cities face as well).

•   An in-depth review of 100 years of busts in NYC: the current bust is not the worst ("the sky has not fallen" - whew!).

•   Hawthorne cheers L.A.'s Civic Park finally breaking ground: "a late-in-the-game effort" by the design team "has paid real dividends" (even though there are "some devilish details to sort out").

•   Hume cheers a new ice rink proposal for Toronto's Lower Port Lands "makes all the right moves" to become "a symbol of a smart city" + it may be a "glittering, stacked four-pad ice-rink" that could transform the area - but contentious issues of cost and parking remain unresolved.

•   University of Pennsylvania's Sustainable Sites Initiative pilot project will transform aging tennis courts into an urban park.

•   A new Tree Museum on Lake Zurich opens today, promising to "usher in a new paradigm of architectural humility" (great pix!).

•   New Seattle Army Corps HQ will make LEED Gold from Recovery Act funding.

•   A good reason to head to Minneapolis next week: an impressive line-up set for the inaugural Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute conference.

•   It's Nussbaum vs. Pilloton re: cultural imperialism vs. humanitarian design; Szenasy is frustrated "no end" (a most interesting debate and responses).

•   A film critic gives Chicago's Modernism two thumbs down: it's "a thoughtful, if disagreeable piece, and well worth reading."

•   Leadership changes at bunches of U.S. architecture schools.

•   Honors well deserved: Engineers Without Borders-USA gets NBM's 2010 Turner Prize; and EBN's Alex Wilson takes 2010 Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership.

•   Call for entries: Whitehaven (U.K.) Central Harbour International Open Design Competition.


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