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Today’s News - Wednesday, April 20, 2011

EDITOR'S NOTE: We will not be posting the newsletter tomorrow, and possibly missing Friday as well...but we'll be back for sure on Monday, April 25.

•   On the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico (and two days a way from Earth Day), Beatley ponders "blue urbanism" and its many challenges.

•   A world gone mad: an arsonist strikes Gaudí's Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, destroying the sacristy and badly damaging the crypt.

•   A report on the end of the skyscraper boom: "The age of bling is over. The tall glass box is dead," says Shuttleworth (and why bankers, not architects, are shaping city skylines these days).

•   A cheer for South Brisbane finally coming "one step closer to becoming the vibrant, cultural urban hub that it has long deserved" (after too many years waiting).

•   Litt is hopeful that the Cleveland Browns' vision for the city's lakefront will send "clear signals to potential developers about civic goals."

•   NYU's ambitious expansion plan in Greenwich Village hits pothole (to the cheers of many, no doubt).

•   Pearman is at his poetic best re: the restoration of London's "astonishing" St. Pancras hotel: "Its real reason for existence is not to lodge well-heeled visitors...It is there in order to exude magnificence" (with exquisite pix by Morley von Sternberg).

•   Heathcote has a happy visit with Levete on the day AL_A found out about its V&A win.

•   AIA Billings Index for February was "tepid at best."

•   Port of Los Angeles cruise terminal competition scuttled, "dashing hopes of an area rebirth" (and ticking off the architects involved).

•   AIA UK 2011 Excellence in Design Awards winners announced.

•   Call for entries: 2011 Best Tall Building and Lifetime Achievement Awards (deadline looms!) + Arch Record's 2nd Annual Cocktail Napkin Sketch contest (we hope it's an annual!).


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