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Today’s News - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

•   Budds gets input from a fab array of notable experts re: their ideas "for ways design can be a starting point for more equitable cities."

•   A new report by the Centre for London think-tank "highlights design professionals' key role in combating NIMBYism," and build community "support for good-quality high-density housing."

•   The art of copyrighting architectural works - who owns copyright rights "is typically one of the most heavily negotiated points in an architect's agreement."

•   Toronto gets serious about requiring permanent recognition of architects on buildings over 1,000 square meters.

•   Developers bring a starchitect invasion to West Palm Beach: "The name brand recognition can only help the city" (if they get approved).

•   Meanwhile, Miami looks to place "impact fees" on developers as a way to deal with climate change; one problem: the mayor doesn't believe the "doomsday scenarios" about sea level rise (yikes!).

•   A fascinating look at "a prototype for new public housing in Korea" (with "Riviera-blue rooftops"), and what it borrows from European models of social housing.

•   Hohenadel x 2: she cheers a former parking lot in Oakland, CA, transformed by David Baker into an apartment complex for low-income, special needs seniors that proves "housing for the homeless can and should include thoughtful, aesthetically pleasing design."

•   She also cheers Peter Barber's homeless shelter in London that is "a beautiful riff on the 10th-century poor houses known as almshouses."

•   Wainwright is quite taken by Walters & Cohen's "magnificent, modern Buddhist haven - on the edge of the sleepy village of Walsham-le-Willows. It feels of its place, yet totally other."

•   Boeri's Vertical Forest in Milan is "a refreshing vision of how urban skylines might look in the future" and "an alternative to urban sprawl" - and which cities are taking green roofs seriously.

•   Approval (finally) given to Holl's pedestrian bridges that will connect his new pavilions at the Kennedy Center to the Potomac River, fulfilling "an unrealized part of Edward Durell Stone's original plans."

•   Hadid's office "is set to stay in business for a while longer yet" with a new, 38-story skyscraper for Qatar's first sustainable city.

•   Libeskind is more than a little busy in Vilnius, Lithuania, with a faceted tower, the Modern Art Center, and a sports and wellness center.

•   Davidson ponders Central Park and "the relationship between greenbacks and greenery. The difference between a romantic stream and a weed-choked sump is colossal amounts of cash."

•   GWWO gives a preview of its new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park in Maryland: "Every building, every wall, window, and possibly blade of grass has a meaning related to" Tubman's legacy.

•   A totally fascinating read: Bucky's daughter shares an essay that "reveals a rarely spotlighted side to the revered thinker" - his fingertips and dancing figure prominently.

•   Eyefuls of Nix and Gerber's "stunning" dioramas of "abandoned urban landscape that nature has begun to reclaim" (stunning, indeed!).

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