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Today’s News - Tuesday, September 18, 2012

•   Just as aesthetics and sustainability were taking hold in U.S. embassy design criteria, current events could turn things back to a "bunker mentality" (a fascinating history lesson as well).

•   On its first anniversary, Massey and Snyder "survey the physical and online protest spaces" of OWS.

•   Calthorpe on the "urban reckoning" that may befall China if it continues to make the "same mistake America made" using "outdated Western planning ideas that put its cars at the center of urban life, rather than its people."

•   Williams, on the other hand, finds that "for all its problems," China's "palpable sense of experimentation...is refreshing," making it "one of the most exciting places to be at the moment."

•   Bryan Bell calls for "a clear set of professional standards" if public interest design is to move beyond being a movement to a new "valued field of professional practice."

•   Bernstein on the new burst of interest in micro-units in cities from coast to coast, but "not everyone is on the micro-bandwagon."

•   Denari wins big in Taiwan with his design for a "Gateway to the Nation" (lots of pix).

•   Lubell sees promise in three finalists' designs for Los Angeles's Sixth Street Viaduct with designs that "not only showcase memorable forms, but embrace people-friendly designs."

•   Brussat's hopes are revived with the redesign of a "controversial upscale apartment complex" that will turn "an ugly mistake" into "a model for civilized change."

•   Q&A with Joel Sanders re: "landscape and man-made dualisms in architecture."

•   Northwestern University is gearing up for a big-time design competition to replace Goldberg's Prentice hospital - providing Chicago gives the go-ahead for demolition, of course.

•   Steffes offers Part 2 of his lively history of Chicago's (mostly gone) shoreline motels (great images).

•   As the second annual Detroit Design Festival gets ready to kick off tomorrow, its organizers explain how "its long-term potential is even greater."

•   Eyefuls of the inaugural Innovation By Design Awards: "Spaces entries were superb."

•   Deadline reminder: Call for entries: Gowanus by Design's Water_Works Open Design and Planning Competition.



  


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