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Today’s News - Thursday, July 22, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: Just a reminder that we're three hours behind home base for the rest of this week, so newsletter will post a bit later than usual.

•   Chakrabarti calls for the creation of an infrastructure coalition that will demand smart urbanization.

•   A "neo-Marxist economic geographer" issues an urban manifesto: Cities like New York "are increasingly being constructed around spectacle...We're all suburbanites now, without knowing it."

•   Beirut, "where money is king, it may be too late" to save its architectural heritage in a battle against "big money, corruption, lack of law."

•   Szenasy on Fit City 5 and the collaboration between NYC's policy makers and creative community, resulting in the city's new Active Design Guidelines now being "downloaded to addresses far and wide."

•   King on Snøhetta winning the starchitect-studded competition to design SFMOMA's new wing.

•   Heathcote and Booth on RIBA's Stirling Prize shortlist of museums and schools: "We are unlikely to see many of either for a while now, so the announcement of a winner may be tinged with architectural nostalgia" + betting odds favor Hadid + shortlist in pix.

•   Neuroscientists and psychologists are not far behind architects with new research showing space has a very real impact on how we feel.

•   An eyeful of 6 notable firms' visions of NYC and L.A. in 2030: the "results are stunning, and in some ways, revolutionary."

•   Till tallies the problems with student end-of-year architecture shows: they're "euphoric, exuberant, and in need of an overhaul...It is essential to question how appropriate it is to stick with a 200-year-old model."

•   The Israel Museum makeover "is one of the most inspired museum expansions in decades" (and nary a starchitect in sight).

•   Kahn's once-threatened Trenton Bath House is (thankfully) in the last stages of a restoration.

•   Calatrava's design for Denver International Airport terminal soon to be revealed.

•   An alternative location and design for Philly's planned (and much-maligned) Family Court.

•   Winners all: Australia's 2010 Premier's Design Awards + National Park Service first Designing the Parks competition (maybe these will stay open?).


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