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Today’s News - Tuesday, September 9, 2008

•   GSA joins leading landlords in opposing some post-9/11 building codes.

•   Glancey says it's time to start re-thinking what and how we build on floodplains (if we should at all).

•   Poland using starchitect power "to bespeak the economic power of the investors" and boost the image of Polish cities both at home and abroad.

•   Two projects add sophistication to Jakarta's urbanity (by foreign architects, of course).

•   UNESCO may put Tower of London and other sites on endangered list - with great concern about developments in Edinburgh, where "Heritage has taken a back seat to Cool Britannia."

•   Edinburgh: "Welcome to the capital of urban self-harm" where Geddes' "holistic philosophy has now been turned on its head."

•   But where a Georgian building could be wrapped in glass instead of biting the dust.

•   Re: Yale's pick of Stern: "offers elegance over absurdity" (as in take that, Gehry).

•   Russell finds Cloepfil's new Museum of Art and Design in NYC "a work of subtlety and substance" and "quietly compelling power."

•   New life for a neglected Art Deco gem of a theater in Manhattan.

•   Saffron has high hopes for plans to turn Philly's Art Deco gem of theater into "a nightlife mecca." - And a call for nominations for other Philadelphia historic gems that might be under threat.

•   Rowan Moore on London's VeloPark: "simple, unfussy and, hopefully, practical...let's call it The Pringle." - You can decide: an eyeful (and fly-through) of the cycle park.

•   An amusing Q&A with Koolhaas on the 4th anniversary of Seattle's Central Library: architects are not really "bullfighters who somehow have to kill an animal."

•   Maeda's take on his new adventure: "RISD is MIT for the right brain...I've already been digital. I want to focus on being human."

•   It's a longgggg, impressive shortlist for BD's Architect of the Year Awards 2008.

•   ASLA 2008 Student Award winners take on global issues (having been a juror, I know).


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