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Today’s News - Thursday, July 19, 2012

•   We mark the 25th anniversary of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence with a Q&A with Lubenau, the program's new director, who reflects on the award's past and looks to its future.

•   West Coast architects let it all hang out in a discussion about working in China: "There were many moments when the shared 'wince' emerged as a collective groan or sigh."

•   Russell ruminates on post-Olympic planning: "London hasn't built a showy assortment of stadiums and arenas. It has created 'a piece of city," but "for all the cash, success is hardly assured" (the world will be watching).

•   Gade offers a most interesting history of the urban forms of Olympics Athletes' Villages, from derelict ruins in Berlin to suburban townhomes in Sydney to public housing in Athens (the good, the bad, and the disappeared).

•   Kubey revisits Marcus Garvey Park Village in Brooklyn, and finds "a revealing example of the design philosophies and policy priorities behind low-rise, high-density housing."

•   Kimmelman can't say enough about what's happening to the once-forlorn stretch of the Bronx River that is becoming a "river of hope" in the South Bronx "with some notable, even miraculous, successes"; it is "perhaps the most unsung patch of heaven in New York City."

•   Landscape architect Steinitz brings lessons from Valencia to Israel re: how the country can preserver its cultural landscapes that are being erased by rapid development.

•   Gill is almost giddy about Melbourne's Hamer Hall makeover: "something miraculous has happened" (indeed!).

•   Hume hails Toronto's 1916 First Church of Christ, Scientist: it is "one of those quietly magnificent if enigmatic buildings that add enormous richness to a city."

•   A new U.K. survey shows "shocking results": "people don't know what architects do. Is it a bad thing that 15% don't know that architects design buildings, or a good thing that 85% do?"

•   Bernstein offers a sneak-peek at what will be on view at the U.S. pavilion in Venice: "Spontaneous Interventions" will star 124 architect-initiated projects that document design for public spaces (and "in most cases lack clients or budgets").

•   NYC's Model to Monument initiative brings sculptures by promising young artists to one of Manhattan's lesser-known public spaces.

•   The WAF 2012 shortlist is a longggg one (301 schemes, to be precise).


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