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Today’s News - Wednesday, October 22, 2008

•   Bangladeshi architect-turned-activist envisions floating villages to survive climate change (floating schools already creating waves).

•   Landscape architecture grows in stature as developers seek the next new edge.

•   The basics principles behind what is rapidly growing as a standard for low energy design: Passivhaus.

•   A nuanced, difficult portrait of the godfather of green design godfather: is McDonough paralyzing his own design revolution?

•   New Urbanism taking root in Baton Rouge; not all are convinced it's the way to go.

•   Is London, Canada, becoming a more creative city? The city's Creative City task force takes stock: yes, no, and maybe.

•   AIA's September ABI report: U.S. demand for architects drops for eighth month.

•   How are you going to get through the meltdown? (and a test to see if you can survive the "Dubai diet").

•   Impressive international shortlists for two cultural projects on Oslo.

•   Kaplický turns down award: "I want to wait for the time when I really achieve something for the Czech architecture and culture. I haven't been very successful in the past 18 months."

•   Russell rather overwhelmed by JetBlue's new JFK terminal (not all in a good way).

•   Campbell on a new Boston development: "as a chunk of urbanism" it's a winner; "If the designers got so many things right, why couldn't the architecture be better?"

•   British architecture was more open to influences from abroad two centuries ago.

•   Meier's Weill Hall at Cornell lands LEED Gold.

•   Portsmouth, NH, gets first look at planned African-American Burying Ground.

•   Call for entries: international open ideas competition to replace burned-down Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Delft.

•   Bentel Associates International in South Africa's Steel Construction Building Design Awards.

•   World Architecture Festival offers presentations by 224 shortlisted architects.


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