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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 24, 2012

•   Healthy cities in the spotlight: Lorinc looks into the challenges of creating neighborhoods that work for all ages; Penalosa's 8-0 Cities initiative offers some answers: "We have to stop building cities as if everyone is 30 years-old and athletic."

•   Carlson catches up with Dr. Jackson, who is "taking his message to the public" that one of our greatest health threats is poor urban design: "his work has made good urban planning more politically palatable" + Heilig's Q&A with Jackson: "good solutions solve multiple problems. That's what working on better built environments is about" (check your local PBS listings for Jackson's 4-part series "Designing Healthy Communities" - previews were great!).

•   Studies of 1950-70s urban renewal programs show some surprising results: they "had some lasting benefits in economic growth, researchers say, despite the bad rap it currently has."

•   Litt gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Cleveland Clinic's new master plan by Foster + Partners, but "it's natural to ask whether it might be doing more to heal the city around it."

•   Onion Flats "hopes to raise the bar on development in Philadelphia" with the largest net-zero mixed-use development in the U.S.

•   Reisz visits Doha as it amps up preparations for the for the 2022 World Cup: "Almost everyone in Doha (like Berlin in the 1990s) talks about architecture" (terrific slide shows, too).

•   An eyeful of Pawson's £80 million plans for the Design Museum's new home in London's landmarked Commonwealth Institute: a scheme hailed as "a soft touch approach."

•   Will Shapero's proposal for a 67-story skyscraper close to Liverpool's historic waterfront be as welcome?

•   Silverstein is pulling out all the stops to find tenant(s) for RSH+P's 80-story 3WTC to avoid having to top it off at 7(!) stories.

•   Dvir x 2: Israeli architects are practically up in arms over the National Library competition as 8 (mostly big-name) firms have gone directly to the second round: "terms of the competition constitute a death blow for the architectural sector...a colossal humiliation."

•   He looks into the life of one of Israel's most important architects: while his "buildings are largely forgotten in Israel, his ground-breaking work still resonates around the globe.

•   Rawsthorn on the difficulties of preserving "important landmarks from the history of design" imperiled by a tight economy and "because design, with its short history, is less likely to get what limited funding exists."

•   Groves reports on the "un-Zen-like uproar" being raised by UCLA's plans to sell its world-renowned Japanese garden.

•   Perhaps ASAP will have better luck creating its 21st-century archive that "aims to expand how we document the built environment."

•   The not-yet-open Laurentian University appoints a Director of School of Architecture - snagged from Dalhousie University - so Dalhousie turns to a Portuguese architect.

•   Call for entries: "Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good" for the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale (deadline looms!) + :output Award international student competition for young talents in design and architecture.


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