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Today’s News - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

•   Russell rambles through Via Verde housing complex in the "once-blighted Bronx" and taken by planted Christmas trees, cherry trees, vegetables beds, and solar panels that prove "the power of thoughtful design" can "transform low-income housing."

•   Hume x 2: he cheers the Canary District, which will house 2015 Pan Am Games' athletes, and end up as a mixed-use residential neighborhood - it's "a conscious attempt to halt the suburbanizing of Toronto."

•   He is less cheered by NIMBY Torontonians "having a mid-rise crisis" in another part of town grousing about a project that is "one of the finest to come along in a while. It could serve as a model for the sort of development the city badly needs."

•   In the battle for the future of urbanism, it's architects vs. economists: one "threatens to wholly dismiss architecture" and the other "places immeasurable faith in its faculties."

•   King looks back at the battles that raged over building the Golden Gate Bridge: "how familiar they still sound...Look no further than the ongoing campaign against California's high-speed rail system."

•   Heathcote x 2: Williams and Tsien's Hong Kong outpost for the Asia Society: "an understated architectural gem...In a cultural landscape still devoid of real quality and depth, it is seductively lovely."

•   He gives (mostly) thumbs-up to O'Donnell + Tuomey's transformation of London's Photographers' Gallery into "a striking, sculptural structure."

•   An eyeful of Gehry's set for "Don Giovanni" at Disney Hall (giant crumpled forms and large white cubes abound).

•   Colorful eyefuls of Chihuly's Seattle Center Garden And Glass Museum that hopes to be "a huge shot in the arm" just in time for the 50th anniversary of Seattle's World's Fair (it hasn't been a smooth ride).

•   A Sydney architect wins the competition "to transform a complex of London's inner city laneways into the city's newest park" as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2012.

•   Gellner had us laughing out loud with his take on "the reason that popular nicknames for famous buildings stick so easily" (there are some doozies!).

•   Abut has a plan to "tsunami-proof" Japan (if someone would only listen).

•   Eggener continues his series to make good on his claim that Louis Curtiss's legacy deserves new attention.

•   NAAB's year-long study of Accredited Architectural Education finds "sustainability issues as the most significant development that will affect the profession over the next several years."

•   Call for entries: European Architectural Competition "Re-think-Athens" to create a new city center + George Matsumoto Prize Recognizing Excellence in North Carolina Modernist Residential Design (international).


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