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Today’s News - Wednesday, August 1, 2012

•   Lubell offers a reminder that, as L.A. steps up its downtown redevelopment efforts, "the urban pattern must be preserved...there are still some people who don't seem to get what it means to be urban."

•   Birnbaum weighs in on New Jersey's plan to demolish Tacha's "Green Acres": "like Peavey Plaza, it has not been well maintained...they're saying they broke it and are now complaining that it's broken" (great pix).

•   Still Olympic-minded: some amazing before and after images of London's Olympic Park.

•   RIBA's Brady denounces the U.K. government's admission that the Olympic marketing ban won't be relaxed for months: "These rules are against the whole spirit of the Olympics" + She and Murray cheer the British culture minister donning a T-shirt promoting all the Olympic architects included in the marketing ban + Free download of "unofficial posters for businesses to sidestep strict marketing rules - Sport, Not Sponsorship."

•   It's Zaha's "time to shine": she "still believes her outsider status as a non-British woman in architecture, particularly in London, as a mixed blessing."

•   A video tour of Beijing's rotting "Olympic cathedrals" (talk about depressing!).

•   King cheers the growing trend in sunshades; besides energy conservation, there "can also be a payoff in terms of aesthetics" (with kudos to several San Francisco buildings).

•   An eyeful of BIG's design for planned Blåvand Bunker Museum to be "embedded in a historic seaside site where German forces occupied Denmark during World War II" (we can't wait to see this one!).

•   News from Down Under: Living Future Institute Australia, a new green building initiative, launches.

•   Monash University announces an impressive shortlist for its new $150 million Law, Business and Economics Complex.

•   A good reason to head to Melbourne in September: 5th International Urban Design Conference 2012: "Opportunistic Urban Design."

•   Call for entries: EOI/RFQ for new Inuit Art and Learning Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery + Call for papers for Think Space Pamphlets for the Unconference in Zagreb and exhibition at NYC's Storefront for Art and Architecture.


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