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Today’s News - Wednesday, November 7, 2012

•   Badger and Mathis offer 8 post-election urban policy ideas "the president should feel more than free to steal," with hopes that "someone on Obama's team will print out and tape to their forehead. Heck, why stop there: you can do it, too!"

•   McKee talks to a number of architects and landscape architects involved in MoMA's "Rising Currents" to find out how some of their existing NYC waterfront parks fared, post-Sandy - it seems most actually had "a good amount of surge resistance baked into them."

•   A few amazing images of Hurricane Sandy's havoc on NYC architecture (Nouvel's carousel is quite a site/sight!).

•   An Auckland councilman visits Vienna, Copenhagen, Bilbao, and Vancouver to bring home lessons in how to make his city the world's most livable: "we have much to learn from them, in terms of their progress and commitment to bold strategies."

•   Farrelly on Sydney's incomprehensible drive for another massive road project: "Can anyone still think that environment and economy are foes, instead of short-term and long-term views of the same thing?"

•   A fascinating analysis of what went (and is still going) wrong with city planning in Lusaka, Zambia.

•   Sebag-Montefiore's take on China's "bold and unapologetic" architecture: there's a down-side: "Beijing's skyline is being shaped by politics, leading to poor urban planning and questionable construction standards" (and walls fall down).

•   Dunlop has high hopes this may change as architectural education in China (slowly) shifts from "emphasis on repetition, copying and memory," though it may take some time as "history and built tradition are recognized as important for tourism but not as a catalyst for architectural ideas."

•   Architects and designers behind the Visualizing Palestine project "hope to inspire dialogue based on facts, not emotions"; it may be a "rough ground to tread," but hopes are high the "their transparency and fact-driven work will appeal to those on both sides" of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

•   Walljasper walks Detroit: "surprises abound, beginning with the fact that you can actually see a lot of the Motor City comfortably on foot."

•   Long takes a long look at plans to bring a London suburb back to its music roots: "the proposal is certainly a step change in density and quality for this forlorn suburban place."

•   Charleston's "keepers of traditional building styles" lose as Cloepfil's Clemson Architecture Center gets the city's thumbs-up (finally!); a long-standing problem: "we intimidate people to bring to us only those things which imitate the past, rather than being bold."

•   An architect who competed for the Clemson project gives the winning design two thumbs-ups: "it will sit confidently and rather elegantly in the city," though "the more traditional-minded folks will be sharpening their knives in hopes of cutting this design's life short."

•   Bey sheds light on Gang's Solar Carve Tower along the High Line that "promises to be one of the most talked-about buildings in New York, if all goes according to plan" (oh those "ifs").

•   Webber is wowed by Adjaye's two D.C. libraries that "are as much about the places they occupy as the function they serve" (great pix).

•   Big plans for San Diego's 1939 Police HQ complex on the waterfront (fire pits to lounge around included).

•   Our must-see of the day: ASLA's new online animation "Designing Neighborhoods for People and Wildlife" (and more).



  


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