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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 24, 2012

•   Fisher considers the 21st century "the invisible century of design" that will "determine the health and prosperity of buildings, landscapes and cities...we just need to develop the x-ray eyes to see it."

•   Doig looks at the interesting debate re: who should be in control of the many technologies cities now use: "Which of these futures should smart cities shoot for - the bottom-up model or the top-down version?"

•   White finds commonalities, differences, and lessons to be learned in both Glitter Gulch and Cowtown (a.k.a. Las Vegas and Calgary).

•   Berger offers up his Mossback Manifesto on urban density: NIMBYs "are sometimes right. Not all density is good (or bad)."

•   Kaplan and Chaban parse the NYU 2031 plan from two different angles: "NYU will make a mess of the supersized block. But, hey, that's New York" + NYU faculty give expansion plans an F-minus.

•   Brussat reports on the latest SOS Paris effort to stem the tide of Modernist skyscrapers in the City of Light.

•   Lackmeyer cheers the upcoming Better Block OKC to transform part of Midtown Oklahoma City into "a vibrant commercial show residents how they can transform their neighborhoods" (dog park included).

•   Dvir cheers the facelift in store for the 1933 British High Commissioner's HQ in Jerusalem, now serving as U.N. HQ: it is "one of the most elegant and monumental buildings in Israel" (great slide show).

•   A most amusing visit to "arch minimalist" Pawson's office proves he is "nowhere near as austere as his buildings" with a "highly developed sense of the absurd, especially when it comes to the gap between his high ideals and scruffy reality."

•   AIA/AIAS call for parity in loan relief opportunities for architecture school grads - who carry a higher loan debt than average.

•   Eyefuls of the 2012 Good Design is Good Business Award winners + The Top 7 in the Porsche Next Design Challenge.

•   If you're suffering a bit of wanderlust, take a gander at some "spectacular hotels designed by famous architects" + Pedersen surveys some globe-trotting architects to "create the ultimate hospitality experience - a kind of mythical hotel."

•   Call for entries: BD's Carbuncle Cup 2012 (snark alert!) + Arch Record's 3rd Annual Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest 2012.


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