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Today’s News - Wednesday, August 22, 2012

•   Tributes abound for Nakano, a landscape architect and urban designer who was "always looking toward the bigger good - not just the project but the context in which the project was being inserted."

•   A historian's thoughtful take on why the international community should "work to protect Syria's historical sites" - its "cultural patrimony can play a crucial role" in repairing the divisions when the revolution ends.

•   Chen reports that multiple (but anonymous) sources have tagged Nouvel as the winner in a starchitect-studded competition to design a "mega-sized" new building for the National Art Museum of China (great slide show of shortlist - minus Nouvel).

•   Mosca mulls: "what is REALLY going to happen to the buildings, the open spaces, and the people that had to relocate" now the Olympics are over.

•   Florida takes issue with another journalist's call to "scrap" the office of the Mayor of London "because it has been working too well...rivals should be looking for ways to emulate it so that they can better compete with it, not tear it down."

•   Lackmeyer reports on an "urban revival meeting" led by "urban planning evangelist" Norquist in Oklahoma City, with halleluiahs for his "harsh rebuke to highway engineers."

•   Possible design competition for public spaces in Baltimore's much-anticipated Harbor Point project has the master plan architect at odds with the developer.

•   Bentley has high hopes for Indianapolis's CityWay that would create a new neighborhood from 14 acres of vacant land.

•   Eicker is most eloquent about Noero Wolff's Red Location Cultural Precinct in Port Elizabeth, South Africa that "honors the legacy of the fight against apartheid, while bringing it alive for a new generation."

•   King gives two thumbs-ups to a historic preservation project in Palo Alto: "While the story of the new EcoCenter is unique, the basics embody 21st century preservation in the Bay Area and the nation."

•   At the other end of the preservation spectrum, San Francisco neighbors are none too thrilled with Twitter co-founder's tear-down plans "on one of the city's most idyllic streets."

•   Sam Hall Kaplan is heartened by L.A.'s new Grand Park: it "marks a shift in the city's psyche" (and "the tail of the Grand Avenue project that is wagging the dog").

•   Szenasy's Q&A with Design Trust for Public Space's Chin re: the urban farming movement: "Typically farms and gardens are not competing with developers for land."

•   Chicago's Northerly Island gets the engineering go-ahead to reshape its southern end, but things are "a long way off from fulfilling some of the glitzier goals."

•   Scheeren "wants to take on the Gehrys and Fosters by opening an office in London" (some amusing passages: he can't get onto the CCTV grounds).

•   Caruso's Q&A with Holl: he's "not a 'signature' architect (and why that's good)."

•   A conversation in Viet Nam with São Paulo architect Kogan re: his views on urban Viet Nam: "I think Ha Noi has potential for contemporary architecture."


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