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Today’s News - Wednesday, October 26, 2011

•   Leinberger lays out 19 building types that caused the recession: "We built the wrong product in the wrong location, and nobody wants it any more" (but there's hope!).

•   A new study looks at the 2010 Winter Olympics economic and cultural boost across Canada.

•   In the midst of a building boom, Canadian universities are finally "dreaming big."

•   Hawthorne cheers LTL's new campus center at Claremont Colleges that wraps "fidelity and novelty together...eager to take risks and full of ideas."

•   Russell roams Safdie's Crystal Bridges and finds a "tour de force" here and "lyricism and sensuality" there; though he also finds "not just a lack of civic grace in Bentonville but what seems a mean-spirited aversion to it" (perhaps people who love the museum will change that).

•   An eyeful of BIG's big ideas to transform a Basel neighborhood into an alternative Arts District (master planned by H&deM, no less).

•   London's Science Museum ditches Wilkinson Eyre master plan, says BD; though AJ reports (behind a pay wall) that the museum has denied such reports.

•   King reports on a reversal of plans so mega-yachts will not be blocking views along San Francisco's Embarcadero during the 2013 America's Cup after all.

•   New York State's first Passive House (and only the 11th in the U.S.) is so green it "almost heats itself" (and it's stunning, too boot!).

•   Glancey's week in review includes Foster's "natty new airport in Kuwait and winsome winery" in Spain (we missed it a few weeks ago - gasp!).

•   Two-wheelers rejoice! Angotti considers how NYC can make bikes a welcome part of neighborhoods just as the buzz really begins re: the city's plan to launch the largest bikeshare program in the country.

•   Maybe New York City can find inspiration in Mexico City's Muévete en Bici that "spreads a message that bikers deserve respect."

•   Both cities would benefit from NACTO's New Urban Bikeway Design Guide that makes "recommendations that are well-considered and most seem to be common sense."

•   Auckland University launches Architecture + Women website to gather information about what happens to New Zealand's women architects after they graduate.

•   Winners all: A stellar shortlist just announced for Stage I in the National Mall Design Competition + NBM awards EPA's William K. Reilly the 13th Vincent Scully Prize + 2011 WAN Awards Urban Design winners show "bravery in design and artistic conceptualization" + ASLA names 6 new Honorary Members (yay Ann!).


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