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Today’s News - Thursday, July 15, 2010

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

•   We lose a Denver-based master who helped transform his city.

•   Ireland gets serious about planning and development that puts citizens' interests ahead of interest groups "to ensure that the right types of development are built in the right places at the right time" (what a concept! let's hope it works...)

•   NYC's High Line inspires other cities "to consider or revisit efforts to convert relics from their own industrial pasts into potential economic engines."

•   Walker x 2: L.A.'s Civic Park could finally be "a front lawn for the city" (great pix) + an eyeful of Gensler's plans for a museum housing the world's largest collection of cars from James Bond films in a tiny Illinois town (in a former car dealership - how fittingly ironic).

•   Litt on MOCA Cleveland's plan for "an architecturally spectacular building-as-logo" with Moussavi's "multi-faceted gem."

•   An expansion of L.A.'s MAK Center is a nod to Schindler's landmark "without being a slavish work of architectural ventriloquism."

•   Heathcote cheers Haworth Tompkins' "complex surgery" to keep London Library functioning with a "subtle, thoughtful scheme."

•   Q&A with Balkany re: the Chicago Bauhaus, architectural preservation, and urban planning (the good, the bad, and the ugly).

•   AIA construction forecast "sees light at end of tunnel" (our fingers crossed!).

•   A bit too late for Chicago's Lucien Lagrange who's retiring - and filing for bankruptcy protection: "he doesn't see development rebounding for at least five years, when he might be too old to undertake another major project."

•   But big business seems to be bustling elsewhere: Aecom buys Tishman Construction + the smallest in a round-up of the world's 10 largest construction projects is worth (only!) $27 billion.

•   NEA celebrates Mayors' Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary Initiative with neighborhood transformation grants for 21 projects.

•   Toronto's Lateral Office wins $50,000 Prix de Rome in Architecture.

•   Call for entries: 72 Hour Urban Action Project (very cool!) + 2nd Annual BrickStainable International Design Competition (both free registration).



  


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