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Today’s News - Monday, July 12, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: Just a reminder that we're three hours behind home base for the next two weeks, so newsletter will be arriving a bit later than usual.

•   ArcSpace brings us a colorful school complex in France.

•   Moore and Jones debate: Do good buildings make for better educated children?

•   Gardner minces no words about what things about Barnard's Diana Center: "Weiss/Manfredi clearly had a thankless task."

•   A great U.K. report on Detroit's "daring bid to return the land to farming" that could be "a harbinger of urban development for the western world's declining inner cities."

•   Litt on Cleveland's attempt to revive Burnham's historic vision for downtown: the question is whether the new commission will "rise to the occasion or whether it caves to pressures that have led to mediocre planning and civic design in the city's recent past."

•   Some radical rethinking of Long Island among the finalists in the Build a Better Burb competition.

•   Cheers for Whitney Museum doing "something very bold and scary" near the High Line - with caveats.

•   Roux has a most amusing encounter with Nouvel, who "is as inconsistent as he is bold"; per Prince Charles's penchant for pastiche? "Pastiche is the worst. A big mistake is better than a false friend."

•   Snøhetta named to lead a great team to design the long-term transformation of Times Square.

•   SOM's Hartman tapped to design the first Roman Catholic Cathedral in Orange County, CA.

•   How the revolution in digital modeling is transforming 20th-century "male" architecture into something much more feminine: "Think Marilyn Monroe rather than Charlton Heston."

•   A new study shows how theater seats have gotten (or need to get) wider for our broader butts.

•   Calls for entries: USGBC/Bank of America Charitable Foundation Affordable Green Housing Grant Program for LEED ND projects; design a temporary use for a cleared site in a development in east Manchester, U.K.; and Expo 2010 Awards for pavilions, exhibits, or elements of pavilions and exhibits in Shanghai.


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