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Today’s News - Thursday, March 15, 2012

•   Kamin's ink-is-still-wet report on Navy Pier design team pick: the High Line's Corner leads the charge - "They dream big, but they were able to do it in a way we could pay for it."

•   Davidson, meanwhile, weighs in on the third leg of the High Line: "it looks like the story will get a supremely happy ending."

•   Farrelly's fairly fierce - and fascinating - take on Women's History Month's focus on long-forgotten women architects, planners and landscapers with the "aim to glorify not their achievements, of which there are disturbingly few, but simply their existence."

•   A recap of the Megacities and Meta-Cities symposium that considered the practice, pedagogy and study of urban design.

•   Something to add to the curriculum: a just-released "report of doom" re: "how the seas will eat coastal U.S. cities."

•   On a brighter note: a sidewalk made of discarded "porcelain thrones" ground up into "poticrete" receives the first-ever Greenroads certification (LEED for roads).

•   Bernstein gets the scoop from Williams and Tsien on what it was like designing the new Barnes: "We struggled for a long time" (oh those pesky moldings!).

•   Dvir x 2: a French architect has a radical plan to link the West Bank and Gaza with a 37-kilometer, multi-use bridge that could benefit everyone + first look at a new humanities building (designed by Boston architect) for Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

•   Fundraising efforts get underway for desperately needed repairs to the Church of St. Bride's spire: "Wren's churches still define the City of London in a way the glittering skyscrapers can only aspire to. It would seem that something this special is worth saving."

•   Cheers - and jeers - for the Welsh Government's decision to list the Brutalist main building at the National History Museum of Wales.

•   Bozikovic gives two thumbs-up's to a revived 1940s movie palace as "a new cultural institution for Toronto and, just maybe, a model for the movie house in the 21st century."

•   Mays finds another fine example of plans to fill in another hard-to-fill nook and cranny in Toronto's urban fabric: "a condo tower with a sensuous embrace."

•   U.S. EPA sets the dates for Solar Decathlon 2013 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California - the first time that the event will be held outside of Washington, DC.

•   We couldn't resist: Hanscom's hilarious take on the "most craptastic urban rebranding efforts ever" by "marketing consultants who don't have the foggiest clue what they're doing - and cities love to hire these people!"

•   Call for entries: New York CityVision international ideas competition.


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