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Bosco Verticale at sunset
Bosco Verticale at sunset
Britta Nagel

MILAN — The International Highrise Award enjoys great prestige because, unlike other similar competitions, it is granted neither for a building's height nor form. Instead, the prize — bestowed by the German Architecture Museum, the city of Frankfurt and Deka Bank — honors criteria such as sustainability and innovation. And this year's winner, Milan's Bosco Verticale (Vertical Woods), has that in spades.

The 2014 jury, led by architect Christoph Ingenhoven, cited Italian architect Stefano Boeri's work for its environmental ambitions in difficult circumstances. Piazza Gae Aulenti, in an area of new construction around Porta Garibaldi, is Milan's ugliest square. The huge urban space on the northern edge of the historic city center is virtually empty of people at night. With its skyscrapers and buildings of international companies that are present in every large city in the world, it looks like something between Berlin's Potsdamer Platz and the Dubai Mall.

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

OpEd-

MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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