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Today’s News - Thursday, November 3, 2011

•   Benfield and Ramirez cheer Australia's final draft of a report encouraging "world class design" that focuses on both humans and urban form: "A national urban policy, now there's an idea."

•   Berger is quite happy about Sustainable Seattle's Happiness Initiative.

•   A new generation of apps could "offer potential solutions for two of the trickiest parts of the urban planner's job: sharing data and engaging citizens."

•   Move over Cambridge - it's looking like Boston's waterfront is ready to give it a run for its development money.

•   Just south of the Olympic Park a "little slice of Swedish design" is looking to take shape with a village built on the principles of Ikea.

•   LeBlanc cheers developers who aren't taking the path of least resistance when it comes to a historic stretch of Toronto's Younge Street.

•   King gives two thumbs-ups to a "streamlined and shiny, affirmative and bright" new sports center in a troubled East Oakland neighborhood: "If we're lucky it will have a ripple effect far beyond the activities inside."

•   Brussat continues to broil about Maya Lin's design for Newport's Queen Anne Square: "An inauthentic park redesign masquerading as a memorial to a woman who campaigned against inauthenticity in architecture makes no sense."

•   After spending its lifetime in secondhand space, NYC's John Jay College gets a (big!) new home of its own.

•   A "death row" of 10 urban highways cutting through cities: "We now know what they didn't in Eisenhower's day: it's possible to remove highways from city centers without ruining either the city or the highway."

•   Arts Council England plans to focus on "strategic funding" for existing facilities instead of "big, new, brash buildings."

•   Dvir reports on what will be Israel's first architecture museum set open in Haifa next year.

•   Pearman focuses on the '"other" OMA (the ones who aren't Rem): they "may be a bit more mainstream these days, but they'll will never stop asking questions, or giving unexpected answers."

•   Meanwhile, Rem "frets" over the future of the EU: Europe "is simply an incomplete machine: It's limping...Unless the machine is constructed the way it's intended, it won't work."

•   Two we couldn't take our eyes off of: Halbe's stunning images of Hadid's remarkable bridge in Abu Dhabi + Tobia's photo essay about "egos of the dead" and the "extravagant mausoleums and graves of Philadelphia's 19th-century elite."

•   Many recent grads from top architecture schools are re-thinking their futures: "If those frustrated job seekers give up for good, the profession will suffer."

•   Something they might find helpful: Arch Record's list of more than two dozen fellowships and grants for architects and designers.

•   A good reason to head to Yale tomorrow: "Catastrophe and Consequence" symposium to examine safe building in developing countries with weak or non-existent building code systems.

•   A good reason to head to Madrid and Segovia next week: MIT+IE "Considering Cities II" symposium.



  


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