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Today’s News - Wednesday, October 15, 2008

•   Merrick minces no words about what he thinks of "iconic" architecture: our worship of "architectural bling" is "toxic proof that we are maxing out on the minimum thing."

•   But take heart: two in-depth reports on the new generation of design activists designing with a conscience.

•   At an Aedes Architecture Forum, architects explore the mosque building boom in Europe - is it "confrontational architecture" or "homesickness architecture"?

•   In the Philippines, architects warn of "topsy-turvy urban planning" not tied to a master plan - and call to be a part in the planning process.

•   At ISO Dubai 2008 conference now in progress, the UAE claims it's leading the way in sustainable development.

•   Kuhne says global economic slowdown could boost quality of architecture in Gulf states.

•   An eyeful of HOK's master plan for Water Garden City in Bahrain.

•   An anonymous architect bemoans the fallout befalling the profession in tough economic times: "Three months ago it was the developers who were laying people off. Now we Architects are running out of commissions."

•   Diane Keaton offers an eloquent elegy for the Ambassador Hotel: "Demolishing such iconic buildings not only destroys history, it wastes resources."

•   A historic little grass shack rebuilt in Honolulu.

•   Fort Collins, Colorado, moves ahead with big plans for two new cultural venues.

•   Hosey finds some surprises among the One Good Chair design competition winners (great pix, too).

•   Good reasons to be in Ottawa for the next two days: the Public Art Matters Forum focuses on sustainability, and the Governor General's Medals in Architecture are handed out.

•   LAS Design Awards for Liverpool's best buildings.



  


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