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Today’s News - Tuesday, March 27, 2012

•   Webber wends her way through the London Olympics' post-game strategy, from "Games time" to "Legacy-mode" (so that's how all those pieces fit together - a great read).

•   A Doha-based architect questions Qatar's urban planning for the 2022 World Cup: "if scrutinized, current progress in urban infrastructure and architecture seems to be frail...Here are age-old lessons of walkable streets, mixed uses...models that are being trampled upon in the rush to create the car-oriented city."

•   Ghana's Minister of Environment claims the "continuous deterioration in the country was the failure of practitioners in the development of the built environment (planners, architects, engineers and others included).

•   Rothstein cheers the Natural History Museum of Utah: "it is at home."

•   Belfast gears up for its own Guggenheim Effect with the "shimmering" Titanic museum: "This is our Eiffel Tower, our Guggenheim" (it sure does shimmer!).

•   LOT-EK lands at the Whitney Museum with a new pop-up classroom made entirely of shipping containers (looks cool to us; what would Breuer think?).

•   The curtain is about to go up at Williams and Tsien's new U. of C. Logan Center for the Arts: there's "nothing quite like it" in Chicago; a "most unusual complex" where "reaching out to the community stands as a key priority."

•   Architect/activist Kruml has spent years fighting the "crime of kitsch - battling the Czech Republic's 'cowboy architecture'" (from the look of things, we're glad somebody's doing it!).

•   Pondering whether "design can 'cure' our cities" with "curative" public spaces: "if the High Line can convince New Yorkers to hold hands, then anything is possible."

•   Michigan is taking first steps towards Complete Streets by putting streets on "road diets" - "the low-hanging fruit with the most bang for your buck" (with some snags along the way).

•   Q&A with "Smart Growth Manual" co-author Lydon re: zoning codes, urban cycling, and the ideal streetscape (with links to Q&As with Dunham-Jones and Norquist).

•   Bellamy cheers Winnipeg's Osborne Street Station, a "stunning crown jewel" and "a beacon in a system that could transform this city" (comments are stunningly antagonistic).

•   Zeiger finds over,under's "In Form" at the new BSA Space is "a love letter to Boston, increasing the public's understanding of the city."

•   AJ announces inaugural Women in Architecture Awards finalists and the shortlist for the Emerging Woman Architect of the Year (a real mix).

•   An eyeful of the Art on Chairs International Competition winners (but would we really want to sit in them?).

•   One we couldn't resist: in Germany, work is underway to build a medieval monastery using strictly 9th-century building methods - it'll only take about 40 years (ox carts included, but no coffee).

•   Call for entries: OPPTA Competition: Emergency Interventions (deadlines extended) + Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals.


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