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Today’s News - Tuesday, November 2, 2010

•   Soon to lose its claim to the tallest building in America, Chicago faces a "Second City moment"; meanwhile, CTBUH's top honor for a 23-story university building in Leeds, U.K. signals the "biggest is not necessarily best."

•   Hong Kong pins high hopes - and bets really big bucks - on a new (and enormous) cultural district to make it one of the greatest cities in the world (great slide show of Foster, OMA, and Rocco designs).

•   An in-depth look at "the productive potential of built surfaces" that can produce "not only usable things but also a new public realm...For the architect and landscape architect, the opportunity is ripe."

•   Speaking of which, British Columbia can now lay claim to North America's largest living wall, a veritable living piece of art to boot.

•   In Beirut, "the backlash against endless urbanization is gathering clout," as an architect calls for more public spaces instead of passing them over "for the pomp of boutique shops, towering offices and sky-rise hotels."

•   Developing the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic is a good idea, but "what we are to see in reality?"

•   An ode to the Glass House's "forgotten older brother" (it can be yours for a mere $2 million, too!).

•   The 2010/11 London Planning Awards has a shortlist of 24.

•   Winners all (with pix): the Lisbon Architecture Triennale's "A House in Luanda: Patio & Pavilion" competition results + Singapore Institute of Architects' Skyrise Greenery Awards 2010.

•   Good reasons to travel this month: Faith In The City: The Mosque in the Contemporary Urban West, a two-day (and timely) symposium in London + Greenbuild 2010 International Conference: "Generation Green: Redefining Our Future" in Chicago + Build Boston 2010: "Forward."

•   Call for entries/applications: 2011 ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition (big cash prizes).

•   We couldn't resist: buy art this week and support Architecture for Humanity.


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