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Today’s News - Tuesday, November 13, 2012

•   Iovine parses the post-Sandy debate re: hard infrastructure vs. soft infrastructure: "with the emergence of a technologically savvy, ecologically oriented landscape profession, a more holistic approach is attracting advocates."

•   Tenner tackles post-Sandy questions: "How should we decide what is worth rebuilding? The Dutch have a way of deciding what is worth saving with a dike or sea wall, and what is not. Should we follow their example?" (great links)

•   Jones ponders lessons to be learned from currently inundated Venice: what can it "teach us about protecting our cultural treasures from hell and high water?" + He and The Atlantic offer two amazing slide shows of the city under almost 5 feet of water (kayaking and swimming in Piazza San Marco!).

•   Binelli on blighted Detroit and how the city "became the world capital of staring at abandoned old buildings... you can't talk aesthetics without talking ruin porn."

•   Meanwhile, Johnson of Citistates Group explains why Detroit's TechTown is "one of the best platforms for turning ideas into companies - its leadership gets it about the 'millennial' generation," and provides the kind of environment emerging entrepreneurs want.

•   Goldberger at his best re: the "firestorm on Fifth Avenue" and "the tempest that hit the New York Public Library...over plans for an ambitious renovation. Will it become a glorified Starbucks, as some fear?" (in the end, that's doubtful)

•   Roche offers a way around the Eisenhower Memorial impasse: "The current debate presents the opportunity to reestablish a public design process that that reinforces our democratic political one. And that, in itself, would make a good memorial to Eisenhower."

•   King gives two thumbs-up to a new parking garage in Mission Bay: its "kinetic beauty...taps into a basic truth - that smart buildings fuse the reality of what they do with the potential of where they are" (and pix to prove it).

•   Altabe is not very taken by Hadid's "dizzying zigzag forms" of MSU's Broad Art Museum: its "wild configurations" are "more in keeping with amusement parks."

•   Hawthorne finds everything old is new again in rereading "Design for the Real World," Papanek's "scathing, 41-year-old critique of the profession" that reads "as if it were written today."

•   Q&A with the Cosanti Foundation's Stein re: Soleri's Arcosanti and "how an urban system can function as a super-organism...and many other timely topics."

•   Eyefuls (and actual information!) of the winners of the international 2013 SEED Award for Excellence in Public Interest Design (great presentation!).

•   Eyefuls of the finalists' proposals for Japan's massive new National Stadium.

•   Five emerging firms (all East Coast-based) selected as finalists for MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program pavilion.

•   Morris mounts Nishi's "Discovering Columbus": "a strangely intimate room perched high above Central Park like an urban tree house" (and only on view through Sunday).

•   One we couldn't resist: 15 buildings that don't look like buildings (a few are real zingers we've never seen!).

•   Call for entries: Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! Design Competition: Design green storm water infrastructure to revitalize Philly neighborhoods and other cities.


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