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Today’s News - Tuesday, October 9, 2012

•   Till tackles austerity vs. scarcity and "how this distinction might enable designers to grapple with big-scale challenges" (a fascinating read!).

•   Baillieu bristles at ARB's "bonkers" request for BD to stop referring to "foreign" architects (even Pritzker winners) as "architects"; the mag will continue to do so.

•   Corbu, H&deM, Botta, and Zumthor may "have put Swiss architecture on the world map," but a "younger generation is striking out in new directions of its own."

•   Altabe responds to Moore's list of 10 best fictional architects and the "role of architects, Hollywood-style: stories of working architects don't need script writers for drama."

•   Fletcher Priest wins A High Line for London competition with an underground (low line?) mushroom garden + Eyefuls of winners and finalists.

•   Chicago has high hopes for a new riverwalk designed by an all-star team (now all it needs is the moolah + Images of what it could look like.

•   An Australian firm has high hopes for an off-the-shelf, predesigned, prefabricated system to build everything from single houses to high-rise apartment blocks.

•   Some brutal barbs for MediaCityUK: it's a "shanty-skyscraper city" - a "gimcrack" and "essentially pointless" development (ouch!).

•   Brussat discovers a blissful Parisian suburb that is "a civic butterfly that has shed its modernist pupa" by demolishing its modernist districts to build "livable, walkable neighborhoods."

•   Preservationists move to protect the Corcoran Gallery of Art's "graceful interior" in a "move that opens a new front in the battle over the economically struggling museum's future."

•   The U.K.'s first building made entirely out of waste to be rebuilt in Brighton.

•   A long looks at TYIN tegnestue Architects' "architecture of necessity" and their efforts to "create do-good designs that are enhancing people's lives" in far-flung corners of the world.

•   Rinaldi is more than encouraged by the types of projects that won AIA Denver design awards: "When good design shows up in places where no one thinks it will...that has to say something positive about a city's self-esteem."

•   A good reason to be in NYC next week: the 3rd annual MAS Summit for New York City: Development, Density, and Diversity will highlight "trailblazing initiatives in New York and other cities around the globe."

•   One we couldn't resist: Schwartz reviews the yet-to-be-released new version of SimCity: it "will turn you into an urban planning nut. But you can also still destroy your city with an asteroid."


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