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Today’s News - Wednesday, April 9, 2014

•   We are saddened to learn that we've lost Hull of Miller Hull Partnership much, much too soon.

•   Davies pays eloquent tribute to Toomath: "His passing ends the career of one of the last purist modernists in New Zealand."

•   Betsky cheers the Rebuild by Design proposals that "range from sexy to modest to radical - and everything in between. Through this effort we know how we can do it. Now we just have to do it - or move to Ohio."

•   Goldberg cheers progressive cities "becoming laboratories for progressive policy innovation," and becoming "new sources of hope" ("We stop with the beautifying of the city, and we now dedicate ourselves to the bottom 20%," says Sassen).

•   Barber explains why "nation states no longer work," and why we need to take our mayors more seriously: "Cities are a great place for social experiments."

•   Heathcote calls out the current call for "garden cities": it seems the way to pacify NIMBY protest is to "apply the pastoral prefix 'garden' - represents a complete, perhaps deliberate, misunderstanding of a term founded on a utopian socialist dream."

•   Steuteville parses a new National Realtors survey that shows walkable places are preferred: "Now that markets have shifted, Realtors are potentially influential supporters for urban place."

•   Booth delves into Gehry's Battersea project - with no affordable homes: "he walked straight into a raging debate about London's affordable housing crisis" (" I can't demand there will be social housing in the middle of this project," sayeth the man).

•   As a $40 billion Egyptian affordable housing project gets underway, "some analysts expressed caution over the viability of the project."

•   Eyefuls of the UN-Habitat Urban Mass Housing Revitalization Competition winners.

•   Two architects tackle the task of "transforming China's poor rural areas through innovative design."

•   High hopes that the Cornfield could be Los Angeles's own High Line, becoming "an urban catalyst" for mixed-use development.

•   Brooklyn's Barclays Center to don a green toupee with hopes it will help muffle pounding concert music - and give upcoming residential towers a nice, green view.

•   Lamster minces no words about those opposing the tearing down of Dallas's I-345 who "have issued forth with a series of red herrings and straw men in the hopes of derailing discussion - we've reached new heights in disingenuousness."

•   Chipperfield beats out local talent to design the Nobel Prize HQ in Stockholm (lots of pix).

•   Anderton leads a lively conversation re: Ban and his humanitarianism, and Hadid, ethics, and responsibilities of architects + Tom Saunders channels the feelings of MoMA and AFAM.

•   RAIC 2014 Emerging Architectural Practice Award goes to Williamson Chong Architects for combining teaching, research, and community involvement.

•   For those of us not wandering iSaloni in Milan, eyefuls from the "Where Architects Live" exhibition of "the homes of architecture's biggest players."

•   Call for entries (deadline looms!): CTBUH 13th Annual Awards.

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