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Today’s News - Thursday, July 11, 2013

•   Gendall takes us on a tour of some of some of the biggest inner-city development projects in the U.S. where architects (and landscape architects) "are taking a leading role" as master planners "finding ways to reconcile Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs."

•   Is urban planning useful in the developing world? (It doesn't have to always be large moves.)

•   Cardin cancels plans for his Venice skyscraper: it's "a victory for the people in the defense of the historic skyline" (though now it will be harder for the city to balance its books).

•   Dunlap explains how Arquitectonica's design for a Long Island City tower "may be the first to be influenced by a swirls-and-curls, Depression-era, ruby-red, neon soft-drink sign" (very cool!).

•   King offers his pick of 10 good urban buildings and places in San Francisco "worth seeking out, starting with something that isn't a building at all."

•   Kamin x 2 (he's back - yay!): Cheers for the demise of the recently-built "offensive metal-and-glass wall" that marred Chicago's beloved Wrigley Building, now replaced with "gorgeous new terra cotta" with details "that restore the original design's festive glory" - it's "a visual feast."

•   He's less cheered by prospect of advertising on Wrigley Field's "now-unsullied clock": the plan "tells you everything about the team's brazenness and Chicago's landmarks commission's cluelessness" (please take lessons from Fenway Park).

•   An "intelligent design" for an office/hotel complex in London that handily deals with a railway tunnel and protected views gets the green light.

•   In the U.K., "Hull is finally getting to have a bit of fun with a new pedestrian swing bridge that moves while people are still on it" (musical chimes included!): "Of course we could have had a cheaper or simpler bridge..." (it's really lovely!).

•   Sadly, Spence's soaring bridge across the River Wear has been scrapped for something simpler - and less expensive: "The simplified design will continue to embrace modern and tasteful design qualities" (or so they say - no image or designer mentioned).

•   Wainwright reports on yet another young design firm claiming "design similarities" in Olympic ceremony - this time, it's the glowing duvets on the 320 hospital beds (intellectual property lawyers licking their lips - again).

•   Wroe has a lively conversation with Rogers, who is celebrating his 80th birthday and a Royal Academy show this month, re: "his 50-year bid to change society - and why we never get over the shock of the new."

•   Morrell mourns the demise of the 94-year-old Davis Langdon brand as it is absorbed into Aecom - it's "unutterably sad."

•   An AJ survey "shows homophobia is rife in practices and on site."

•   Meanwhile, Murray takes RIAS and RSUA for declining to take part in the survey: they "should get over it and be proud to represent their gay members - like the RIBA."

•   Eyefuls of Chile's 2013 Young Architect's Program winner: "AMBIENT 35 60" will provide a "container for artwork and events." in Santiago's Parque Araucano.


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