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Today’s News - Tuesday, October 20, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow is a no-newsletter day. We'll be back Thursday, October 22 (and a heads-up that Friday will be news-less as well).

•   China's "ghost cities" prove "there is an urgent need for better urban-rural planning - and most importantly, the ideology of urban planning needs to change."

•   Eger cheers California's "plan to foster Art Districts throughout the state," becoming one of 15 states "leading the effort to transform America for the rapidly evolving creative economy."

•   Saffron eloquently explains why Philly's Open Streets event "is not the apocalypse" - and "shouldn't be a one-off thing. We've been taught for decades to believe our streets are for cars. But it may turn out they're really for us."

•   Lots from the other side of the Big Pond: Hitchins offers an in-depth (and critical) look at "the largest development in London since the Great Fire of 1666" that includes the new U.S. Embassy and "a new gated world - the clusters of high-rise residential towers that are financing most of Nine Elms."

•   Moore makes the case for why London Metropolitan University's sale of its "venerated art school is fatally short-sighted," and "would be a tragedy for British design. It is a magical, powerful, productive place...that supports something that Britain is good at."

•   Heatherwick hits back at his Garden Bridge critics: "The intentions behind the bridge are entirely social and altruistic" (it will be for "normal people" - Pooh sticks included).

•   Dittmar ponders the Stirling and when "laureates will be allowed to quote from Wren": "One wonders when designs which reference Breuer or Mies will be considered pastiche or historicist rather than contemporary."

•   Wilkinson Eyre to build a Melbourne spire to be Australia's second-tallest tower, though it's "already causing controversy on a number of grounds" (but a "sculptural air bridge" is predicted to become a magnet for locals who would want to photograph it" - ya think?).

•   The Kentucky International Convention Center renovation in Louisville to begin a $180 million expansion that "will place the city on a competitive playing field with top-tier" convention destinations.

•   Eyefuls of WAF shortlisted projects that show "how architects are redefining stadium design."

•   The "next generation of ultra-efficient houses will redefine how we fight climate change," but its success "may rest upon something as prosaic (and American) as market rebranding. It's time to give Passive House a new name."

•   Goodyear gets good vibes from the upcoming Robert Moses vs. Jane Jacobs opera: "Maybe only an opera could do justice to the scope of the forces at work."

•   A sneak peek at what to expect at next week's Dubai Design Week 2015, "part of an initiative to establish the city as the center for design in the region."

•   A good reason to be in Chicago in early November (besides the Biennial): ASLA 2015 Annual Meeting & Expo: "Perspectives."

•   One we couldn't resist: "5 'Video Games' that architecture and design nerds will go crazy for."

•   Call for entries: Applications for Harvard GSD's 2016-2017 Loeb Fellowship + Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation international ideas competition for an £80 million museum in Berlin.

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