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Today’s News - Thursday, October 6, 2011

•   It's hard to imagine the world without Steve Jobs: Foster and Glancey pay tribute.

•   Australia's Healthabitat's most recent project: a prefabricated wet room unit, designed to be 'clipped on' to the back of existing residential buildings to improve life within Australia's indigenous communities.

•   Kimmelman and Burden take a walk-about in the South Bronx, finding "examples of the latest thinking about what subsidized housing should look like."

•   The Atlanta BeltLine, Chicago's Bloomingdale Trail, and other catalyst projects hold valuable lessons when it comes to urban revitalization.

•   Arieff finds Snøhetta's Times Square design more noirish Blade Runner than beach (but we think she likes it).

•   Chaban takes a tour of a number of privately owned public spaces (a.k.a. POPS) and finds many "either poorly designed or quietly taken over by their private stewards" - and complicated challenges.

•   Dunlop cheers the new home for The Miami Light Project: it's "proof that smart, inventive design doesn't require costly materials...everything about it speaks to the exuberant, experimental vigor of its prime tenants."

•   Needham tools around Gehry's Winton Guest House with the man himself; he's not thrilled with the site at its new campus home, but "just glad it wasn't torn down."

•   Glancey cheers WMF's efforts to "make us look at brutalist architecture anew before the wrecker's ball swings their hapless way."

•   A Lutyens "jewel of British savoir-faire and art de vivre" in France that nobody wants: its "uniqueness is also its problem and may become its tragedy."

•   Who isn't more than bit miffed about plans to revamp Farrell's 1983 Postmodern TV-am by "an unknown architect"; Farrell is fairly sanguine: "The building was only meant to last seven years."

•   A proposal for a Museum of the American People on the National Mall raises the question: How many ethnic, racial and national origin museums is too many ethnic, racial and national origin museums?

•   Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may not get a de Portzamparc museum, but a deal with LACMA could see one land in a former May Co. department store.

•   A good reason to head to Chicago on the 18th: Association of Licensed Architects 2011 Chicago Architecture Conference.

•   An impressive list of 2011 Spark:Pro winners announced (full presentations will follow).

•   Call for entries: 2012 Tradewell Fellowship: a unique opportunity for someone particularly interested in healthcare facility planning and design.


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