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Today’s News - Monday, June 27, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us a museum in Spain that puts human evolution center stage.

•   A round-up of the latest developments surrounding Ai Weiwei's release: "I am on bail. Please understand that I can't talk to you."

•   An excellent, in-depth look at how "cities are putting people before cars," and why "the issue of highways - whether building or demolishing them - is a contentious one."

•   Glancey visits NYC and is quite taken by the city's trend to work "closer to the ground - many of the most talked-about architectural and urban planning projects were low-rise and even low-key."

•   Moore gives an excellent history of the sway Prince Charles has held over some major developments, then minces no words about what he thinks of "the heritage school of HRH" and the government's localism bill: "the future built environment of Britain, outside the big cities, could be prince-flavored."

•   New Zealand has high hopes for a kinetic Bilbao effect with a new museum dedicated to home-grown master of kinetic art, Len Lye.

•   Shuttleworth swears off "crazy shapes & silly profiles," thinks architects are too egotistical, and has no great hankering for a private yacht.

•   In New Orleans, Eloueini explains his J-House: even if it does "look more like a French twist from a bakery," it really is inspired by the ubiquitous shotgun (comments think otherwise).

•   We couldn't resist a re-run of William Cook's 2002 explanation of why brutalism and "some of our most despised structures" are "now cherished again."

•   The "first professor of architecture in Africa" cheers his students doing well, is saddened by building collapses in Nigeria (apparently not architects' fault), and thinks "we can still do better if we can put in more honesty and dedication to the discharge of our is not everything."

•   Karlsberger closes its doors after 83 years in business: a sad day for the company - and the industry.

•   On a brighter note, AfH and Edge of Seven collaborate to bring community improvements to five remote villages in the Everest Region of Nepal.

•   A plan to bring high-speed rail to the Northeast Corridor via private operators may be "intriguing" but could actually "derail passenger gains."

•   On a brighter track, an eyeful of Van Alen's Life at the Speed of Rail competition winners (some real doozies!).

•   Call for entries: 2011 Cleveland Design Competition: A NEW School Vision!!! (registration deadline extended!) + Submit ideas for Successful Designs for Healthy Inclusive Communities exhibition.


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