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Today’s News - Wednesday, August 7, 2013

•   Duncan ponders why so many British women are leaving architecture, and what needs to be done to buck the trend (in South America, "female architects outnumber men" - who knew?!!?).

•   Russell minces no words about the "strikingly venal and cruel" possibility of the Detroit Institute of Arts' treasures being auctioned off: the city's "assets need to be understood in terms of what they can do to revive the city, not on what cash they will produce at auction" - he does cheer the "committed young people - artists, designers, historic preservationists, restaurateurs - that have created the new vitality you can see in Detroit."

•   The fourth annual "State of Australian Cities 2013" report examines "the productivity, sustainability and livability of Australian cities"; a second report "sets out the simple steps that governments and employers can take to increase the proportion of people walking and riding for short trips."

•   There's a "walking boom" in London because of incentives that ailing high streets and town centers that "need to win back walkers" could learn from.

•   It hasn't been all gum drops and roses for San Francisco's parklets program, but it's learning from a few failures, and "more parklets are in the works" ("not all are happy to see them appear").

•   Byrnes brings us an eyeful of an "absurd Parisian ghost town in the middle of China" - the developer "thought it could cash in on China's love for all things French. It hasn't worked out that way."

•   Three projects by Holl, HWKN, and Selldorf "show a confident return to building in the New York region."

•   The 20-year saga of the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx "could be a national model to achieve the greatest degree of community influence on significant projects using public property" (we love happy endings).

•   NYC's Trinity Church taps Pelli Clarke Pelli to design a 32-story tower, a decision that came after a decade of planning; the "selection of an architect before it lined up a development partner is unusual."

•   Hales hails LTL Architects' new dorm and student center for Gallaudet University for the deaf and hard-of-hearing: it "exudes raw energy" that "doesn't come from how the structure looks, but how the building functions for the people inside."

•   An eyeful of Ban's just-about-completed Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch "said to be earthquake-proof. And it's not too hard on the eyes, either."

•   Moore marvels at some of the "most innovative (and people-friendly)" pop-up designs "popping up in London and beyond."

•   Q&A with "pioneering" architect Sheila Sriprakash re: "the need for socially responsible architecture and the frustrating haphazardness of urban design" in India: "The basic problem is that we don't have buildings for the public."

•   Richter remembers the Danish master, Larsen, "often referred to as a Magician of Light."

•   FLW's Graycliff "has been a well-kept secret on the shores of Lake Erie for years. Maybe not for much longer" (we've seen it - it's divine!).

•   Pogrebin reports on the latest twist in the Nasher/Museum Tower debate in Dallas: pro-tower comments were faked by a consultant to the tower's outside law firm (like, that never happens).

•   One we couldn't resist: LEGO's $150 Architectural Studio kit "ups the ante for an unforgiving crowd of architects" (though not all are convinced).

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