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Today’s News - Wednesday, November 18, 2015

•   ArcSpace has Kiser revisiting Estudio Barozzi Veiga's Szczecin Philharmonic Hall that recently won the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award, "the first time that a project from behind the former iron curtain wins the prize."

•   Bozikovic reports on grand plans for a stretch of land underneath Toronto's Gardiner Expressway, "a bold new public-space project" to remake a desolate space "into a place unlike any other in the city."

•   Philly's grand plan to transform unused rail lines into the elevated Viaduct Rail Park is already bringing "private investment to blighted areas. There's good reason for the optimism."

•   Finch reflects on his visit to Adelaide and ponders: "Why do cities try to be more like somewhere else?"

•   Moore mulls Oxford University having "developed a taste for big-name architectural projects" (that mostly miss the mark). "Is the trend anything more than a need to attract billionaire sponsors?"

•   PLP gets the green light to move ahead with its 62-story skyscraper to replace the stump of the unfinished Pinnacle (a.k.a. Helter Skelter), despite objections. "There is plenty more room in the cockney clouds."

•   Dittmar cheers the upcoming climate conference in Paris putting urbanism on the agenda, but we have to start thinking "much bigger than floating houses."

•   Adam reports on the report "Tomorrow's Home: Emerging social trends and their impact on the built environment": "As society changes, so must the places where we live."

•   Housing in Boston (as in other places) doesn't fit us anymore: "existing housing stock was built for a very different time. Yet, for decades, we've continued to construct housing as if we were still living in the 1960s."

•   O'Sullivan reports on Berlin's radical plan to keep housing affordable. - Capps digs into the roots of and the future of "treescrapers": are they "the future of dense urban living? Can they work? Are they green?"

•   dRMM's de Rijke talks about the coming era of the "plyscraper," and offers 21 reasons "timber is the new concrete."

•   Keskeys reports on Holl's long-delayed "next great landmark" for Copenhagen and "instant architectural icon for Denmark" now, finally, moving forward.

•   Big plans for "a cultural 'city within a city' that will change the face of London," and its hope to be designated a Healthy New Town.

•   Keegan queries Chakrabarti re: his break with SHoP to open his own new shop, and the "fluid spectrum" between architects and urban designers.

•   Berg outlines some not all that well-known "programs and incentives that are helping architecture firms to reduce the risk of looking beyond their own country's borders."

•   Beam takes to task "a vocal subset of architects" he calls 9/11 "truthers" who reject government reports about what brought down the WTC towers: "even if you think that 'the truth is out there' - this isn't it."

•   Call for entries (deadlines loom!): Proposals for CNU-NE 2016 New England Urbanism Summit + 2016 Festival des Architectures Vives + FAV La Grande Motte for young architects and landscape architects + Central Park Summer Pavilion New York.

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