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Today’s News - Wednesday, August 8, 2012

•   A great round-up of coverage of Christchurch CBD rebuilding plans - thumbs-up's and thumbs-down's included.

•   A thoughtful (and amusing) comparison of London Olympics opening and the Christchurch Plan, both "conceived by the experts, working in splendid isolation, drawing lines on a map, defining use and controlling space in a cone of brilliance untouched by common folk."

•   Iovine weighs in on the Bloomberg administration's "entrepreneurial spirit in remaking New York City," but as it "starts its ride into the sunset...the architecture and urban planning communities are concerned" about what will follow.

•   The benefits and drawbacks of NYC and San Francisco plans to develop "micro-apartments," but might "the restrictions overshadow innovation"?

•   Q&A with a Russian architect about why no one seems to want the now-vacant job as Moscow's principal architect.

•   Baillieu berates Brady for not taking stronger action against the Olympics' "ludicrous" marketing ban when it's probably illegal.

•   Rosenthal's breathless take on the Shard: it is "simply London's most magnificent building since St Paul's Cathedral" - and that's just for starters (followed by almost 200 comments!).

•   DreamWorks has a $3 billion dream for downtown Shanghai.

•   Signorelli and Salingaros offer a singular take on the "tyranny of Modernism."

•   The fate of Johansen's Brutalist Mechanic Theatre in Baltimore is still stirring controversy among backers and detractors - it could still be designated a landmark, "but neither side thinks that is likely."

•   An architect poses the question: "When does inspiration violate copyright? There is a fine line between learning and copying."

•   Chicago's IIT names Dutch architect and educator Wiel Arets as dean of its College of Architecture.

•   Eyefuls of the ONE Prize 2012: From Blight to Might finalists + the Landscape, Architecture & Wine student competition winners.

•   Call for entries: RFP to develop 25.5-acre property in Ithaca, NY + Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition: Draw Up a Chair (for NYC's Battery Park) + 2012 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence.



  


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