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Today’s News - Tuesday, September 3, 2013

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Karatzas' stunning architectural photography, an Oslo church, SANAA, and Siza.

•   Calthorpe says there is hope for China's ghost towns: "Fortunately, Chenggong is experimenting with a new model of urban planning."

•   Kotkin says the Great Lakes states, which "have been the sad sack of American geography," has a future that "may be far brighter than many think" - if the region focuses on its "human assets - instead of chasing hipsters."

•   Bwalya says only time will tell if Zambia's Ndola City "is either the patient on his way to recovery or he has come back to say goodbye before he finally packs up."

•   King delights in San Francisco's Dolores Heights: its "context, like the context of the city as a whole, is a tapestry that only grows more intriguing as new elements are added to the weave."

•   Moore is more or less positive about Mecanoo's Birmingham's new library: "The goldy-glittery exterior is a bit Vegas, but it stays this side of trashiness"; while it's "a good building, it is a sketch, or a pixilation, of a great one."

•   Heathcote puts the library into a larger context: "If the library is a metaphor for the city itself, it can play just as profound a role in creating the image of a nation" (as in Medellín and Baghdad).

•   Saffron gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Temple University's new "deluxe" dorm: it "excels at connecting its occupants to the city from on high. Making them part of the city at ground level remains the challenge Temple still has to master."

•   Wainwright uses this year's Carbuncle Cup winner that "plumbed new depths of awfulness in standards of student housing" as a jumping-off point to round up his top 10 picks of projects that prove "university digs don't have to be mean, windowless sheds" (not many are recent).

•   Kamin's fall preview leads with university buildings and apartment towers - the "fall architecture scene promises to be one of the most lively since the recession's onset in 2007."

•   Hawthorne weighs in on the prison design debate that "has exposed the facilities, and details of their architecture, to new scrutiny" that is "shedding some of that carefully managed anonymity."

•   Litt has high hopes for a new transit station that "could heal one of the ugliest underpasses in Cleveland," and could be "a victory for the public realm."

•   Hull's new Scale Lane Bridge "is a destination in itself - a thoughtfully-designed piece of urban space" (great pix).

•   Green sees great potential in parks that can pop up just about anywhere because they're formed by swarms of bicycles (adorable dog not necessarily included).

•   Metcalfe offers a round-up of some of the "grippier," "highly original," and "whacked-out designs" that are finalists in the Draw Up a Chair competition for NYC's Battery Park.

•   Reports and Q&As with RIBA's new president and his agenda for the future.

•   One we couldn't resist: move over, tower-that's-roasting-Dallas's-Menil-Collection - Viñoly's "Walkie Talkie" tower in London is melting Jags (and vans and people's eyeballs)!

•   Call for entries: Suburbia Transformed 3.0: Exploring the Aesthetics of Landscape Experience in the Age of Sustainability.

•   EDITOR'S NOTE: just a reminder that if you're in NYC this evening, please do stop by the Center for Architecture for the opening reception of "Coverage: 75 Years of Oculus" (6:00-8:00pm).

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