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Today’s News - Wednesday, January 7, 2009

•   Pearman on how recessions can bring architecture back to its senses.

•   Blum and Lehrer talk about the aching brains of urban dwellers and rethinking how to integrate nature into urban life.

•   Building codes going green, but it's not always an easy task.

•   Obama's promises for a new era of eco-awareness in the U.S.; environmentalists are optimistic.

•   Wilson on what the Administration should focus on in greening the country's infrastructure: shift away from automobile dependence.

•   Cities may sprout vertical farms, but critics are far from convinced.

•   Whether dying malls can be reborn as successful mixed-use developments remains to be seen (but it's looking good).

•   Bayley on the U.K.'s original new towns movement: "It was flawed, it largely failed, but it was a noble experiment."

•   An in-depth look at what the Dutch are doing to climate-proof the country for the next 200 years.

•   Plans for a mega green movie studio take root in Massachusetts.

•   An eyeful of Madrid's starchitect-studded City of Justice.

•   Crinière wins competition to design exhibitions for Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi.

•   Washington, DC moves ahead with ambitious public library expansion plans - with design as a priority (what a concept!).

•   In Iraq, hopeful plans to transform a Basra palace into a museum.

•   King on the "steady procession of smaller projects, completed without commotion or crowds" in San Francisco's Presidio.

•   Worsening economy = sweeping layoffs.

•   One architect's novel approach to find work.

•   Revisiting a masterpiece: Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo's Ford Foundation "remains a remarkably prescient piece of civic architecture."

•   Calls for entries: Temporary Outdoor Gallery Space in Austin, and DWA Architects Caring for Older People International Student Design Competition.

•   Chicago Athenaeum's 2008 Good Design Awards.


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