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Today’s News - Tuesday, November 1, 2011

•   Hunter offers an insightful, in-depth look at Bangkok's "pocket-urbanization" (a.k.a. slums) and the role of community architects to envision "housing policies beyond the simple provision of houses, putting people at the centre of the process."

•   In Australia, plans to reform the Office of the Victorian Government Architect and a new Victorian Design Review Panel will put renew "emphasis on architecture and design."

•   King looks beyond politics to see how Occupy San Francisco "brings unexpected life to dormant park" as an "example of how cities never stand still - and often change in ways that no planner or politician can predict."

•   White discovers Calgary has an "exercise district": "we just haven't branded it as such"; now would be a good time to start promoting the "Bow River Exercise District" brand.

•   Chaban x 2: the long quest of Manhattan's East Siders' dreams of waterfront open space might be at hand + An eyeful of "some terribly lively schemes" that are "an ambitious way of thinking about the greenway."

•   Christchurch begs to differ with British developer who claims the city's new pop-up City Mall Restart project is a "blatant breach of London's Boxpark intellectual property rights."

•   Woodward explores the new "age of flower towers" and architects "using green technology to grow forests in the sky" (hopefully not in hurricane zones?).

•   Heathcote finds three new hotels that are "the perfect settings for design-lovers to witness New York's architectural renaissance."

•   Merrick waxes melodious about a "nondescript Cardiff building reborn as virtuoso modernism" that "has a great vibe, and outlook, an architectural machine that sings."

•   An undeveloped site next to Malta's St. Julian's church is earmarked for a mixed-use project that will "respect the needs of the local community."

•   In Philadelphia, Stern is tapped - for the third time and site - to design a Museum of the American Revolution.

•   Solomon tours three FLW projects in Wisconsin that "reveal the man and the era he lived in": she marvels "at the contrast between the calm landscape and the delirious inventiveness of his work."

•   A profile of a young Moscow firm whose business was boosted by the 2008 financial crisis: "how innovative the Russian capital could be if restrictions and bureaucracy were removed."

•   If we were in Bulgaria, we'd be heading to Sofia Architecture Week today!

•   Call for entries: MONU magazine's Non-Urbanism issue + Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge international competition.


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