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Today’s News - Monday, May 6, 2013

•   ArcSpace brings us an eyeful of TEN Arquitectos' Museo Amparo in Puebla, Mexico, a Gehry show in NYC, and more.

•   A big-thoughts-for-big-cities kind of day: Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogotá, tackles ideas for American cities and suburbs that could be a "template for a third-millennium city."

•   Flint gets a different take from former Barcelona mayor Joan Clos: "We're still building cities like it was the first quarter of the 20th century."

•   Peirce parses what our cities might look like by mid-century: "One vision is that the distinction between city and rural will fade as suburbs become more urban, densely occupied and town-like."

•   Some solutions might be found in Vancouver projects for micro houses and micro-lofts.

•   Adler reports on the year-one report card for Obama's Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative: "whereas Sustainable Communities mostly focuses on linking housing and transportation, SC2 addresses a wider range of urban issues, experimenting with an innovative, surgical approach."

•   Newsom (among others in today's news) reports from the "The Resilient City" conference in Boston, and "one powerful, if gloomy, presentation" by Mallach: "Downtowns are the low-hanging fruit of urban regeneration."

•   Lumumba minces no words about "why Africa should be wary of its 'New Cities': they might only make social and economic problems worse."

•   Litt finds lots of lessons to bring home to Cleveland from BIG's big projects in Denmark.

•   Any one of the three shortlisted designs for the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort in Barangaroo could be "a significant building for Sydney."

•   Architects "take a swipe" and the three proposals (not one of them by local talent): "It's all a bit Macau, isn't it?"

•   Wainwright reports on the "heritage pub brawl" about Chipperfield's expansion plans for the Geffrye Museum: "is it a victory for local heritage or a missed opportunity?"

•   An interesting exit interview with the outgoing president of the Malaysian Institute of Architects, who is "not one to mince his words" about the key issues his profession must deal with ("influx of foreign consultants" included).

•   Duggan, Shioiri-Clark and Cary, and Scharphie all weigh in on the "gender disparity in architecture" conundrum being drummed up by the Scott Brown/Pritzker kerfuffle.

•   A good reason to head to L.A. by Saturday: the A+D Museum "Celebrate the Journey" fundraiser (online auction now live - some cool stuff!).

•   The Urban Age Institute's Meeting of the Minds Toronto doesn't convene until September, but early-bird registration (save $$$) ends soon.


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