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Today’s News - Wednesday, November 2, 2011

•   Heathcote hails Foster's Thames transport hub as "a genuinely innovative and radical plan" + Waite offers lots of images.

•   An Auckland architect says "it is worth noting the rhetoric of fear used by those who oppose densification" in the city.

•   Manhattan's density is about to increase as plans for the first tower (1.7 million square feet!) for long-stalled Hudson Yards move ahead - which is good news for the long-in-doubt future of the last leg of the High Line.

•   Lopate looks long and deep into the pre-history of the High Line: will its "present magic" survive the real estate development that its success is sure to inspire?

•   The 84-mile "Low Line" Farmington Canal Trail will soon carve its way through Yale's campus.

•   Berg reports on new initiatives to turn empty plots of urban commercial land into parks that could give a big boost to the real estate market in many cities: "they don't have to remain scars and victims of the recession."

•   Bostwick digs parklets popping up around San Francisco (not all are pleased).

•   Hume waxes philosophical about the Occupy Toronto camp at St. James Park: it "has created a stage as well as a model community, a demonstration of a kinder, gentler world" (even if "it's not pretty").

•   Initiatives in NYC are turning empty spaces into cultural pop-ups, creating a win-win-win for artists, landlords, and the city.

•   An eyeful of CZWG's oval Maggie's Centre in Nottingham: "The building is almost perverse in its symmetry."

•   Bernstein minces no words about housing disparity and "the gap between the closet-sized houses of the poor, and the house-sized closets of the rich."

•   A Glasgow riverside restaurant and leisure development gets the go-ahead despite "heavy criticism" that "branded the pavilions 'heavy and ungainly'" (from images, we just might agree).

•   Kamin reports on a "heralded" Chicago firm breaking up, with assurances that it was an "orderly" and "entirely amicable" separation (still, sad news).

•   Tips on how to get into and what to see at Corbu's Capitol Complex in Chandigarh that is both "visionary" and "a tribute to his eccentricity."

•   Our friends at Architectural Review are celebrating the re-design and re-launch of the magazine by taking it out from behind its pay wall for the month (definitely worth checking out!).

•   An online petition has launched to reinstate Venice Biennale chairman Paolo Baratta.

•   World Architectural Festival 2011 launches today in Barcelona with a stellar line-up (wish we could be there!).

•   Call for entries: American Architectural Foundation 2012 Accent on Architecture Community Grants.


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