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Today’s News - Friday, January 16, 2009

•   A reality check for architecture: Does the demise of overblown architecture spell an opportunity for sustainable building?

•   Irish eyes are not smiling.

•   A new day for public transit and TODs may be dawning.

•   Icon vs. program: "It's far easier to serve up a predictable, personal signature design."

•   Farrelly in search of a melody in architecture: "Where's the built boogie-woogie?

•   Mays cheers the "modestly modern gestures" of a low-rise project in Toronto for a neighborhood "that does not want or need flamboyant architectural avant-gardism."

•   Merrick cheers Coventry's architectural revival.

•   Backers battle to find the money to build Meyers' arts center in Orlando.

•   Gardner bemoans the lack of boldness in new Balazs building in Manhattan (and we cheer Gardner's return!).

•   Call for entries: "A New Infrastructure: Innovative Transit Solutions for Los Angeles" Open Ideas Competition.

•   Weekend diversions: "Human/Nature" in San Diego hopes to help spread a message of environmental stewardship and conservation.

•   In Prague, a spotlight on a Czech architectural studio is well worth a look.

•   The Gateway Arch and Saarinen in the spotlight in St. Louis.

•   "Texas Oil: Landscape of an Industry" is eye-opening in Houston.

•   Dyckhoff on Palladio: "the most influential architect in history - but it's the British he has to thank."

•   Page turners: Hume on a handbook for urban revolutionaries: "alternately clever, innovative, poignant, practical, idealistic and hilarious"; and a "small but enormously useful" tome that illustrates the relationship between housing and the urban fabric.

•   Pearman on Jenkins' "excellent new tome on Welsh architecture: he's "as baffled by Welshness as anyone. But also enchanted."

•   "American Earth": a "compelling narrative about our species: where we came from and what we can still be if our best instincts prevail."

•   "The City's End" explores 200 years of NYC's fictional demise.

•   Glancey waxes wistfully about design classics featured on new U.K. stamps.


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