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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 3, 2012

•   Belogolovsky and Villa throw the spotlight on five Colombian architects who leverage brick, concrete, and glass forms to improve the lives of ordinary people in an exhibition making its world debut in Chicago today.

•   Two new reports show how the new building energy rating and disclosure policy "is creating skilled, export-proof jobs" across the U.S.

•   It's a New Urbanism kind of day: is it a community-planning model for the 21st century? Plater-Zyberk thinks so, but "not everyone is a cheerleader."

•   Berg tackles "imposturbs" - themed real estate developments that "have spread urban mimicry" around the world (and are "a little absurd").

•   In 1953, a 23-year-old penned a manifesto for new urbanism "in a particularly absurdist fashion" (a fascinating read!).

•   Chaban parses the NYT's editorial board getting on board with NYU's expansion plans in Greenwich Village: "This is quite the reversal from Kimmelman's daring proposal a week ago, which has already become a cause célèbre in the neighborhood."

•   Saffron tallies up the pluses and minuses of the Barnes move: even critics "will have to work to find reasons to hate this building. The architecture is that good" (so are the gardens!).

•   Meanwhile, Philly's Kimmel Center is making over two of its quasi-public spaces "in hopes of becoming more hospitable and profitable."

•   Baltimore's Camden Yards turns 20: "the grande dame of the post-modern era of sports architecture...became the poster child for a new generation of stadium architecture and a national symbol of successful downtown revitalization."

•   Wilmington, NC, would like to repeat that success with a riverfront stadium of its own.

•   Book now: a luxury "groundscraper" hotel planned in an abandoned quarry in China - truly a "jaw-dropping design."

•   With a new, shortened shortlist, the long-stalled L.A. Courthouse project might actually (finally!) become the "biggest new architecture project in Los Angeles."

•   Modesto Junior College's new student center is "shiny, new and very different."

•   Sarasota High School picks its design team; next step: determining what will become of Rudolph's Building 4 (at least they have a Rudolph expert on board).

•   Doig "explains why buses have an image problem and the things cities around the world are doing to improve bus transit."

•   BMW Guggenheim Lab lands a new spot in Berlin (sounds perfect, too - lots of artists, galleries, and food).

•   Berger looks back at "what-might-have-been" plans for Seattle's 1962 World's Fair (some pretty far-out proposals).

•   One we really, really couldn't resist: eyefuls of architectural LOLcats - Libeskitten and Rem Koolpaws included (and who could resist Kickboxing Kitty taking on Gehry's "Fred & Ginger" in Prague?!!?).


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