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Today’s News - Tuesday, October 8, 2013

•   Vivian takes an in-depth look at London's planning policies that are transforming the skyline "without the fear of overdevelopment, loss of heritage or change so often seen in Australia" (some might want to quibble with "a popular acceptance of tall buildings").

•   Grabar takes an in-depth look at how some American cities are using imaginative ideas to "turn blight into beauty. At the end of the line, they hope, is a revitalized urban landscape. It may not look much like what came before."

•   Rainwater looks at how "political, economic, and design power are behind a growing rethink of urban settlements - lively spaces, ideas, and energy are elevated when design serves as the key connector."

•   Hume x 2: he cheers Brookings' Bradley for telling "Torontonians that a healthy city is key to a healthy national economy," and "that, although this city has a lot going for it, it's not time for smugness just yet."

•   He's not so cheered by Toronto's new chief planner's reservations about the Mirvish/Gehry triple-tower plan: "she has learned to wring her hands with the best of the doubting Torontonians," and he finds it "disturbing" that it "should be greeted with institutional skepticism and civic smallness."

•   The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects lays out the integral role landscape architecture has in the mitigation of climate change.

•   RPA's Shankaran explains why parklets are an "example of how planners are chipping away at old notions that streets should be primarily for cars - anecdotal evidence suggests parklets have had a positive impact on economic development."

•   A master Chinese landscape architect talks about how "the beauty of classical designs casts its influence on modern architecture beyond China."

•   Eyefuls of the starchitect-studded finalists' designs for the £90m LSE Global Centre for the Social Sciences.

•   OMA's Shenzhen Stock Exchange: "The structure's architectural ambitions are matched by the city that built it" (alas, no pix of desks that transform into beds).

•   Hosey cheers the International Living Future Institute new JUST program that lets consumers "clue into how organizations treat their workers and give back to their community."

•   Taylor-Hochberg brings us 7 lessons from the 3rd International Architectural Education Summit: #2: Kids today don't know a thing about radicalism. #3: The powers that be are male, and architecture is...driven by male egos and navel-gazing."

•   A Pakistani academic would like to "rip out the foundation of Western learning": "One of the worst things that a student of architecture in Pakistan can do is slavishly copy some design from the West."

•   A Filipino master and his "'lonely' crusade for a truly Filipino architecture."

•   Two good reasons to go/be Down Under later this week: The 2013 Melbourne Festival + Brisbane Open House includes the inaugural Art in Design exhibition.

•   Call for entries: Fellowship applications to be "Principals" at the U.S. Pavilion during the 2014 Venice Biennale + Festival des Architectures Vives 2014: "Sensuality" for young architects and landscape architects.


SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design

Architecture and Design Month NYC 2013

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