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Today’s News - Tuesday, June 12, 2012

•   Easterling examines free trade zones and "some of the most radical changes to the globalizing world" being created not by laws or diplomacy, but "in the spatial information of infrastructure, architecture and urbanism."

•   Chan delves into the pluses - and minuses - of the new "brand" of architecture "for social change" that "harvests" slums and favelas "for design inspiration."

•   A big bang: Glasgow's once-successful, but now infamous Red Road Flats housing complex bites the dust (serenading hippies included).

•   de Monchaux munches NYU 2031 plan that is "about to do the good thing badly" in "a shabbily, sometimes catastrophically, hit-or-miss process" (with "chubby dumpling-like residential towers" that "look like how a bleating trombone would sound among a cascade of elegant violins" - ouch!).

•   The convention center building boom hasn't slowed, "but there's a problem with this building bonanza, and it's a doozy."

•   Szántó wanders the new Barnes that walks "a fine line between nostalgia and modernity" and "seems to ask: 'Is this the right way to connect the present and the past?'" (apparently, yes).

•   Saffron gives thumbs-up - and down - to Stern's Museum of the American Revolution in Philly: some elements he "aces," but "what's dismaying is its aesthetics" (using "gimcrack trickery and throwback style" - double-ouch!).

•   King is "thrilled" that San Francisco wants to call out its "tucked-away" semi-public spaces "to, you know, the public" - now if only the owners would view them as assets instead of obligations.

•   Yeang explains why bioclimatic architecture is "a surefire way to practice green building in a way that cuts through the greenwash."

•   Go Green; Go Solar; Go White: 3 (short) videos illustrate the "evolution of NYC's billion-square-foot roofscape in the face of climate change."

•   Heathcote "hearts" Dutch design, and explains why "the Netherlands has become the most distinctive and coherent nation in design today."

•   Afghanistan's "most seasoned conservation architect" has a plan that "that focuses reverently" on the void left by the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas - the "very least the developed world can do to make up for the cultural damage it has done to the Afghans" - from its "rubbishy, consumerist TV to having failed to give them alternatives to bad modernist architecture."

•   Growing concerns over Mali's "priceless heritage" now at risk (and already being destroyed) by extremists.

•   In IPI's 2012 Emerging Trends in Parking survey, the need for parking operators to have a seat at the table with architects, engineers, developers, and planning officials has moved up in the ranking + winners of the 2012 Awards of Excellence Parking Design Competition (and nary a starchitect among 'em!).


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