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Today’s News - Tuesday, August 3, 2010

•   We lose architect and activist Simmons, "known for his work in equal rights, urban planning and community development from San Francisco to Detroit, Harlem and South Africa."

•   Remember Masdar City? It's "a shame that news emanating from Masdar City in the last six months has been notable only for its absence."

•   The "Green City in the Middle East" may seem like a sinking ship, but "amidst the grey skies" (and dust storms), "a few rays of hope."

•   Foster's long-awaited revised master plan for the Abu Dhabi mega-project is nearly complete: the "review has been an opportunity to reflect on 'lessons learned' over the past three years."

•   Trainor tours Tel Aviv during Houses from Within, "an ideal (if exhausting) means by which to...see up close how the often contradictory municipal attitudes toward development, planning, and preservation play out in the built environment."

•   Israel's (almost secret) architectural treasure trove treasured by "Israeli architecture's lone arranger" - the "obsession of a crazy person," the architect says.

•   Eisenman's brother calls for a "utopian architectural competition" for the "most thoughtful, serious, innovative and elegant, insightful, and advanced ideas" of how to deal with Temple Mount in its totality.

•   Newark could be home to the first vertical farm: Weber Thompson's "sane, grey, industrial-style facility looks like it can actually be built."

•   Farrelly finds herself in the middle of Sydney's cycle wars (car-on-bike road rage, not the Tour de France).

•   On San Francisco's Octavia Street, "necessity has spawned invention" with two vacant lots to be transformed by modified shipping containers into a creative compound.

•   A thoughtful farewell to Pflueger's 1939 Transbay Terminal (some great pix).

•   A professor of acoustics calls for architects and planners to use soundscape research to create "vibrant calm" urban soundscapes.

•   Q&A with Hadid about what it means to be Number One: "It's just exciting that people know about architects. Twenty-five years ago, they didn't."

•   Johnson's Glass House is a "50-year diary of his architectural genius and philosophy" (great pix!).

•   U.K.'s Atkins buys into the U.S. market by acquiring Florida-based PBSJ.

•   Call for entries: Solutia World of Color Awards International Design Competition (deadline looms!).



  


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