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Today’s News - Thursday, August 21, 2008

EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ll be taking Friday’s off for the rest of August...see you Monday, August 25.

•   A community center in Vancouver is now the focal point of culturally diverse neighborhood, both civically and architecturally.

•   Plans to reverse sprawl in San Jose, CA, face many battles.

•   The story behind McCloud’s Castleford project: TV show put the town in the spotlight - now "somebody needs to make sure it isn’t turned off."

•   Another take on Singapore’s building boom.

•   LEED 2009 will be "tweakable."

•   Skeptics take on Bloomberg’s wind power proposal for NYC (solar power makes more sense).

•   A "wingnut" challenges San Francisco’s attempt to make the city more bike friendly: claims cyclists cause pollution (seriously!).

•   Some not-so-nice words re: Gwathmey’s Yale project; though "restoration of the interiors of the Rudolph building is moving and redemptive."

•   Battle continues to save Admirals’ Row at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

•   Brussat sees a silver lining in the foreclosure crisis that "could seed the nation’s future with a suburbia of new old houses (and is thrilled it would really bug architects with a Modernist bent).

•   Czech preservationists hope for historic status for Modernist tram stop in Brno.

•   Litt lauds efforts to reclaim Cultural Gardens in Cleveland’s Rockefeller Park (and hopes the efforts continue).

•   Bridges taking center stage in kick-starting redevelopments.

•   Pittsburgh ponders what to do with its collection of historic bridge piers (climbing walls, anyone?).

•   Booth, Chicago’s champion low-scale buildings, changes his tune.

•   Zeidler reminisces about bringing the Bauhaus to Ontario.

•   Weekend diversions: Zandberg minces no words about "Performalism" on view in Tel Aviv (contemplation of form or belly button?) - A digital Holl on view at MoMA.

•   Page turners: Corbu tome an "homage to a giant and a reproach to the midgets who decry him." - IDEO and Rockefeller Foundation team up on guide/workbook "Design for Social Impact." - Brake finds "The Last Days of Old Beijing" both "vexing and haunting, but ultimately deeply satisfying."

•   A call for South Africans to vote for their favorite building.


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