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Today’s News - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

•   Doig doesn't dig Forbes America's Coolest Cities list: "filing places under "cool" or "not cool" misses a lot of the nuance that makes cities work."

•   Coolican has a cool take on why Las Vegas is "a dazzling, dizzying metaphor for our collapse - and, just maybe, the way forward...a model for post-industrial American cities."

•   A look at why "the love affair with the automobile is turning chilly" among millennials, and how this "mindset shift is affecting city planning and local businesses."

•   Lackmeyer is keeping his eye on the "battle-lines being drawn as highway engineers meet "a buzz-saw of criticism" over plans for a new boulevard in Oklahoma City that could kill development and "recreate the old highway barriers that blighted the area a half-century ago."

•   Hinshaw hails new CityTarget in "a tawdry part" of downtown Seattle: "the impact is likely to be nothing less than stunning."

•   Goldswain finds a project in Perth combines "domestic and institutional qualities in a new kind of public project...a reminder of architecture's place in the hierarchy of cause and effect of urban redevelopment" (great slide show).

•   A planned mega-project atop DC's Union Station rail yards will close the "gash in the urban fabric"; its "most benevolent" element - a "High Line-esque gesture."

•   An eyeful of Make's Weihai Pavilion in China - a sales center for "a huge new residential development built on reclaimed land in the Yellow Sea."

•   All Aboard Florida picks SOM and Zyscovich to plan four stations and TODs between Miami and Orlando.

•   Whelan looks at the challenges of designing a hotel/condo combo in Brooklyn Bridge Park (kudos and quibbles included).

•   Kamin reports that the "'parklet' wave is about to hit Chicago" (though locally dubbed "people spots").

•   Original material vs. original appearance is the preservationist's dilemma when it comes to renewing mid-20th century buildings.

•   A good reason to head to Cape Town in September: the impressive line-up for "Rescripting Architecture," the Architecture ZA 2012 Biennial Festival.

•   One we couldn't resist: an artist's trompe-l'oeil offers "a voyeuristic portrait of life inside a building" before the Christchurch earthquake.

•   Call for entries: 2013 TED Prize (now $1 million!).


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