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Today’s News - Monday, July 22, 2013

•   Florida and Katz & Bradley see silver linings in post-bankruptcy Detroit: "beneath its fiscal problems lie the seeds of rebirth"; and "lost amidst the screaming headlines is that market momentum in Detroit's core is real and palpable and provides a strong foundation for future growth."

•   Wainwright is more than a bit disheartened by the promised "shiny new world" of London's post-Olympics developments: "So what have we got to show for our £11bn? Lurid towers and faceless flats - brash totems are a monument to Olympian greed" (and a lot of "mean-minded silos").

•   Bernstein, meanwhile, gives us the skinny on London's chief planner's skyscraper legacy: "he doesn't want to see the City become a residential enclave" (New York "will rue the day it began encouraging residential development in its financial district").

•   A revised proposal to rezone 70 blocks in Midtown East Manhattan to build even taller skyscrapers "has set off a debate in urban planning circles."

•   Aspden offers an interesting take on Las Vegas, which "aims relentlessly towards the future. But its past is catching up with it."

•   Hollis takes a long look at civic actions to reclaim public spaces, from London to Taksim Square, and Occupy to Bangalore: "Reclamation of the city begins with the realization that 'that' place, whatever its problems, is in fact 'our' place."

•   Hume cheers a Toronto street going from parking to parklets: "the war to take back the city" from the "mighty automobile" is now being waged, with "wider implications for the city, and the way we inhabit it."

•   Kimmelman finds much to cheer about Newark, NJ, reclaiming its Passaic River waterfront: the former "chemical dumping ground for the area's industry can now become a point of pride" (with perhaps a touch too much orange?).

•   Heathcote hails "urban warrior" Richard Rogers: "The architectural genius's tireless advocacy of civilized cities may be his greatest legacy...before he entered public and political life there was almost no discourse on urbanism."

•   Mumbai-based architect-activist Das talks about juggling the two roles.

•   King cheers the "most provocative new building in San Francisco - the energetic fun is disciplined by the realities of the site."

•   OMA finally lands a big one in L.A. - well, Santa Monica, actually (but an outdoor ice skating rink in winter - in Santa Monica?!!?).

•   Rockwell tapped to design a pop-up theater for TED2014: it "will be something audacious."

•   Kamin compares Boston to Chicago: they "have sharp differences," but "both possess that elusive quality known as 'urban character,'" and "have much to learn from each other."

•   Q&A with Kamin re: his Gates of Harvard Yard adventure: when he "arrived in Cambridge last August, he had no idea what his Nieman Fellowship year would bring" (an e-book coming soon!).

•   Wainwright hopes Wal-Mart's $150 tablet means One Laptop Per Child "might just be able to return to its original intentions" - and not just "relieve the tedium of life as a child in suburban America."

•   Brussat bemoans the lights going out on Providence's iconic Superman Building, blaming "the building owner's stewardship deficit."



  


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