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Today’s News - Thursday, September 12, 2013

•   Heathcote offers a fascinating overview of how cities in crisis are using "urban ingenuity" where "innovative, often surprising initiatives may hold clues to ways of change."

•   Jaffe takes a look at how things are coming along at some of the most touted "cities of the future" - and when/if they might actually arrive.

•   Genevro and Wade introduce "The Five Thousand Pound Life," the Arch League's ambitious new initiative "to raise our collective discussion of living sustainably to a higher register."

•   Taylor-Hochberg looks into "the impact and responsibility of contemporary architectural design," and why "architects and clients must empathize with the users of their projects."

•   Brake explores NYC's new Hunter's Point South Park and finds it "a good example of when Bloomberg's integrated approach to architecture, landscape, real estate development, and public services actually lived up to his vision."

•   Baillieu calls on RIBA "to drop the theorizing": Hodder wants "to find hard evidence" of the value of good design, but "why waste time on something that is likely to languish in ministers' bottom drawers - if indeed it ever gets that far?"

•   In Melbourne, two proposed towers draw some towering concerns while their architects cheer on their designs.

•   Why the Flinders Street Station may never be built that "has led to claims that the competition was 'a waste of money,'" and "should not have been initiated if there was no certainty of construction."

•   Seoul has soaring plans for an "invisible" tower that will include a roller coaster, water park, and lots of leisure stuff (an invisible tower near the airport?!!?).

•   Brussat broils over the "latest news in bad-boy buildings."

•   San Francisco Mexican Museum adds to its already-impressive architecture team.

•   An interesting take on "how Gothic architecture took over the American college campus: Colleges look medieval partly because of envy, industrialism, and ... racism" (sure to spark some comments!).

•   An impressive list of winners in the 2013 Toronto Urban Design Awards.

•   Five make the final cut in the Nordic Built Challenge.

•   Some truly inspiring projects make the shortlist in the ICSID'S World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014.

•   Eyefuls of the winner, runners-up, and finalists in the Buckminster Fuller Institute's competition to reinterpret Bucky's Dymaxion Map.

•   Call for entries deadline reminder: 3rd Edition IS ARCH Awards for Architecture Students.

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