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Today’s News - Monday, October 20, 2008

•   It's a good news/sad/bad news kind of day: Rochon says "hallelujah" if desperate economy means a "new imperative to build more intelligent architecture."

•   Reports indicate architects are/will be hit hard by financial crisis (oh for the days of market doldrums).

•   Then there's the EU climate push - 'er "concessions and opt-outs" (don't think this won't affect architects: beware "buyers' remorse").

•  Why Boston's "ugly, expensive Macallen Condos shouldn't be a model for green buildings."

•   Is Stirling Prize-winning Accordia development really be a blueprint for housing? "Yes" from the architect; "no" says developer.

•  South African architects ready to embrace green-building challenge (with huge red dots to prove it).

•   Texas and Beijing universities collaborate on pocket parks (a trend in the making, we hope).

•   Kamin has high hopes for new origami-inspired park in Chicago.

•   Big plans and high hopes for a former Jersey City rail yard.

•   Calatrava and P+W file leans against Chicago Spire (developer is still optimistic: "the market is obviously the 800-pound gorilla in the room.").

•   In Sarasota, a Modernist-designed development goes for Modernist to "classic Spanish" bungalows: "Not a great day for architecture" says some.

•   Western architects win big in Libya (it's taken awhile).

•   The Smithsonian spreads its wings.

•   New HQ for an NYC-based housing advocacy group is a "more accurate reflection of the communities it helps to create."

•   Q&A with NYC's Urban Design Chief about similarities between biological change and urban growth, green roofs, and blue roofs.

•   After 27 years, Sydney's Historic Houses Trust director decides "it's time for a different kind of person to run the trust: someone with more Sydney front."

•   Canada's 40 Under 40 of fresh, young talent ("fun facts are fun).

•   Israel's Trostler was "one of the most productive and innovative architects in Israel in the 1950s and '60s" deserves (and slowly getting) what he deserves.

•   We couldn't resist: cartoonist/designer Ralph Steadman: "London is a Frankenstein city."


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