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Today’s News - Tuesday, September 30, 2008

•   Even with "nagging caveats," Weinstein finds a new book about the history of "Architectural Graphic Standards" to be "a rare and valuable penetration into a slice of this architectural bible."

•   An urbanist calls for Mumbai's largest slum is actually "a successful settlement with a vibrant community and economy" and should be a model that should be replicated, not redeveloped "as a weak cover-up for a land grab of the worst kind."

•   King talks to Piano about his towering plans for San Francisco that will never be, and gives thumbs-up to award winners.

•   Cheek gives thumbs-up to the thoughtful designs of Seattle's light rail stations (with pix to prove it).

•   Dubai as a tabula rasa where architects "ply their craft, writ large" - including Canadians.

•   An in-depth look at the "compelling ethic behind deconstruction" instead of demolition.

•   Spring visits Corbu's "machine for living in" in Marseille.

•   Saffron cheers a competition that encourages architects to "think outside the supermarket box."

•   Bayley muses on what makes a perfect art gallery, and the "continuing appeal of the big white space."

•   A Dubai architect has a fresh take on mosque architecture: "Whatever was done before is nice but do not keep copying it."

•   Diamond + Schmitt and "the architecture of usefulness" (they don't do "crash architecture").

•   Q&A day: McDonough on why designers have to stay optimistic.

•   Cruz on his social concerns.

•   Lyn Rice on being an upstart and his strategy for lean times.

•   In Pakistan, architecture can be a rewarding field for creative and hard working students, but there's a need for architectural institutes.

•   NYT's Design Fall 2008: pages and pages of insights and eye candy - you pick.

•   Rosenbaum on MoMA show that's "fallen below the critical radar," and what might (or might not) be the future of Nouvel tower.

•   DesignPhiladelphia about to launch - including a prefab show of its own.

•   Editor's note: We're saddened by the news that the New York Sun is folding today; it was a particular New York voice. Lean times ahead for us all, it seems.


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