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Today’s News - Wednesday, July 25, 2012

•   As Olympic fever heats up, an economist explains "why hosting the Olympics is a loser's game."

•   Vancouver's former planning chief begs to differ: the 2010 Games set "a new benchmark in civic transformation...the Olympics can be an incredible city and nation-changing moment - if it's designed that way."

•   The double challenge for 2012 Olympic architects: "how to dazzle the multitudes while creating a viable, new neighborhood from scratch" in a "droopy east London" setting.

•   An eyeful of the Coca-Cola Beatbox pavilion in Olympic Park that can be played like a musical instrument (soundtrack not included).

•   Q&A with Oklahoma City mayor re: how the city turned around its downtown: "We convinced people who live in the suburbs that their quality of life is directly related to the intensity of the core, that you can't be a suburb of nothing."

•   CSX donates the last stretch of the High Line to NYC, setting the stage for completion of the final stretch.

•   Hinshaw's thoughtful two-parter on Seattle waterfront park plans: the design is "getting better, but...let's take a break for a little healthy skepticism, and keep that editing pencil handy."

•   LeBlanc x 2: the West Toronto Railpath "may be the most important public space the city has created in the past decade."

•   He cheers a Toronto subway station redesign that "links neighborhood and nature" to become "a major community-builder."

•   The fate of a piece of public art in Trenton, NJ, raises the question: "should landscape architecture be preserved as art?"

•   Tod Williams Billie Tsien and Davis Brody Bond tapped to design the new U.S. Embassy compound in Mexico City.

•   The roof of Zaha's controversial cultural center in Baku, Azerbaijan, goes up in flames.

•   2012 EcoHome Design Awards to 17 winners (great presentation).

•   The 2012 RIBA Lubetkin Prize shortlist of four.

•   Vote for your favorite in the Students vs. Trash Competition.


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