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Today’s News - Thursday, March 28, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: Sorry we missed yesterday's posting - we had technical difficulties with the Internet tubes. And we're making tomorrow a really good Good Friday by taking the day off...we'll be back Monday, April 1 (no fooling).

•   Gilliland makes a most thoughtful argument for urban designers and landscape architects to do more than create "artful places - we need to learn how to design places, objects, and tools that foster civil society" - it's "a moral imperative."

•   An urban ecologist looks to "embed scientific experiments into the design process" because "new data, new design strategies, and new forms of collaboration will all be necessary to make our landscapes more productive, our coastlines more resilient."

•   With predictions that Istanbul is due for a huge earthquake one of these days soon, the government has been relocating whole neighborhoods, "but not everyone likes their new digs."

•   Jaffe reports on a new report that says Denver's push for density and TODs is paying off: the city's "approach to smart growth offers a working model for other cities to emulate."

•   Giovannini finds Wolf Prix's Dalian International Conference Center has "an iconic presence" that neighboring towers don't; the bigger picture: in China, "architects are being imported like Ferraris as the new status symbols of cities emerging on the world stage."

•   Hoss sees an "extraordinary opportunity to create a new landmark" in Washington, DC, but "we'll need to brush the cobwebs off our collective imagination. The biggest barrier to good design these days is a professional conservatism."

•   Lewis, meanwhile, finds DC's new Canal Park "probably among the nation's most unique and environmentally sustainable urban parks - it breaks new ground on historic old ground."

•   Pogrebin reports that plans have changed - yet again - for the long-planned, Gehry-designed cultural center at Ground Zero (not all are convinced).

•   Jacobs spends some quality time delving into Liu and Idenburg's business and design style that has SO-IL "on the verge of landing high-profile, big-budget projects" with the "ability to make artistic architecture, without being utterly impractical about it."

•   A conversation with critic and photographer (and one of our faves) Bey re: "the role that photography can serve in the preservation movement."

•   Canada picks its teams for the 2014 Venice Biennale.

•   The 2013 OAA Design Excellence Award winners announced - now it's time to vote for the People's Choice Awards.

•   Dobrzynski has high hopes for Pacific Standard Time 2.0, launching Monday (it will be smaller this time around): "The question is whether this is enough to keep the brand not only alive but also sexy."

•   In the "Designs of the Year" exhibition, " rubs shoulders with the Shard. Ambition, innovation, and a bit of pizzazz tend to win."

•   A "strange sense of anarchy lurks" in Kim Adams' miniature worlds at the Art Gallery of Ontario: "intimations of apocalypses can be found in this orderly cosmos."

•   Florida has a fascinating Q&A with Warner and Whittemore re: their new book, "American Urban Form," and "why our cities look and work the way they do."

•   "The Crazy Projects of the Ottoman Empire" sheds surprising light on the current building boom in Istanbul.

•   O'Sullivan cheers the 150th anniversary of the London Tube and its "cultural moment," with 12 new books on its relevance.

•   A new novel stars "a promising architect whose creativity is also the source of her angst" (she sounds totally neurotic!).


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