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Today’s News - Wednesday, August 27, 2008

•   Australian Institute of Architects issues its policy on urban design.

•   U.S. cities might have found a way to fight urban blight brought on by home foreclosures.

•   Another Modernist battle in New Orleans - this time it′s school buildings (worth checking out the Flickr link - and the comments).

•   Farrelly takes on Greer′s "rambling and irrational" rant about ugly eco housing (see ANN July 28), but finds a few points that merit a look.

•   An unknown Israeli ecologist wants to save the world from ecological disaster (if only someone would listen).

•   Bayley on why bridge design has become "one of the coolest games in town" for architects and not just "geeky civil engineers."

•   There will be no grand opening ceremonies for Calatrava′s bridge over the Grand Canal.

•   Enter Balmond, the "enginartist": he gets equal billing with Kapoor for Tees Valley giant (now the "odd couple must prove that they can carry through without coming to blows").

•   Calys considers what could/should happen re: siting San Francisco′s Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio.

•   Glancey positively glows over the Guardian′s new HQ (a "ravishing" concert hall and bat-friendly roof included).

•   Merrick marvels at the concert hall, the "star of this architectural show."

•   RicciGreene focuses on prison design "that emphasize conferences over confrontations and rehabilitation over punishment."

•   LACMA′s Latin American collection is back, but "gets lost in the new nightclub-like décor" of "buzzy inventiveness."

•   A shortlist of four for Waterloo Square concept design.

•   Cheek pays tribute to Milton Stricker, who "never struggled to break out of the Wrightian orbit" (and Seattle is all the better for it).

•   Call for entries: TEA-OFF! Tea Kettle Design Competition.

•   We couldn′t resist: Sean Connery ticks of Edinburgh brass for his take on the city′s new architecture.


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