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Today’s News - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

•   Goodyear x 2: Peñalosa and Carter talk about "equality in public spaces": "We want to raise the bar for what passes for redevelopment for poor communities."

•   She cheers a new take on Jacobs' "eyes on the street": "An artificially constructed 'neighborhood watch' will have trouble providing the same level of safety and ease as a street where people are constantly interacting - and truly seeing one another."

•   Lubell looks at some of L.A.'s parking lot art museums: aside from suffering the heat island effect and the risk of getting run over, "there must be better places to display art. Not just leftover infrastructure."

•   Meanwhile, Philly cheers its newest pop-up park - carved out of a parking lot on the Ben Franklin Parkway, "a temporary intervention to activate the disused space that will test the concepts outlined in the More Park Less Way action plan."

•   Hawthorne, along with many others, is holding his breath to see which of "three ambitious plans" the Army Corps of Engineers will endorse to restore the L.A. River (it will likely be "the cheapest and least ambitious").

•   Lubenau reports from the EDRA conference and the Bruner Foundation's panel exploring the Providence River Relocation Project: "personal perspectives, stories, and conversations about the long-term value of successful urban placemaking are precious resources."

•   Showley cheers the "wild and wonderful ideas" NewSchool students come up with for San Diego's Balboa Park: "should we give up on such blue-sky ideas for lack of greenbacks? Not at all, and let's collect more of them!"

•   Pedersen queries Calthorpe re: China's unique planning process, the future of high-speed rail in California, and Architecture 2030's new 2030 Palette.

•   Betsky argues for keeping LACMA "weird": "I am wary of the notion of wiping most of this out" for Zumthor's "blobby behemoth" that would create "a single, amoeba-shaped labyrinth of galleries."

•   Gehry's revised Eisenhower Memorial design clears the Fine Arts Commission in a 3-1 vote, with a landscape architect "the sole voice of dissent" (of course "Congress can still put the kabosh on this project").

•   A striking new profile headed for the Sydney skyline.

•   Kamin reports on Studio Gang's "bold" plans for new University of Chicago dorms for the "storied, once-frumpy neo-Gothic enclave": "We found a way to distill some of the Gothic traits and find out what they mean for now" (and a 1960 Weese will bite the dust).

•   A modular Manhattan apartment tower "makes us wonder why the city waited so long."

•   Stephens cheers Studio V's Stella 34 Trattoria: in a part of NYC "frequently described as either a culinary wasteland or architectural sinkhole, Macy's entrepreneurial spirit in joining dining and design is both generous and brave" (is that Mastroianni and Lollobrigida in the corner?).

•   The AIA ABI reports good news: a "slight softening of the national score was the only (minor) letdown in June."

•   New London Awards names Rogers "New Londoner of the Year" and honors 17 of the best projects in the city.

•   Six projects in the running for the Australian Institute of Architects' 2013 Jorn Utzon Award for International Architecture.

•   Floornature's Next Landmark 2013 Competition winners announced (two will head to Helsinki, one to Mexico City).

•   Call for entries: 15th AR+D Awards for Emerging Architecture (age limit: 45).


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