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Today’s News - Monday, January 19, 2009

•   ArcSpace offers us an eyeful of Nouvel's concert hall in Copenhagen.

•   Meanwhile, many are "eager to see if all the delays and drama behind the construction were worth the hype."

•   Is there any common ground between architecture and human rights? Graeme Bristol thinks so.

•   We've come down with a serious case if Inauguration Day fever: Ouroussoff and Saffron offer eloquent takes on the embattled history and current condition of the National Mall.

•   Kennicott on the brilliant branding of Obama.

•   Another take on Storefront's White House Redux competition.

•   Lewis on the choice facing Columbia Town Center: should it preserve its 1960s vision, or embrace the 21st century?

•   An affordable housing complex in Las Vegas "works hard to avoid a 'public housing' image (it's green and colorful, too).

•   Revisiting the first housing development designed by kids.

•   We've followed the losing efforts to save the Googie Denny's in Ballard; now it's gone, new plans could include "a walled city with a watchtower to keep out...the preservationists?"

•   H&deM has towering plans near Piano's Shard (not all are pleased).

•   Baillieu says bring 'em on: "When what architecture we have is at risk of being slashed or squeezed, surely we need something to look forward to?"

•   A children's hospital in Texas is the first to garner LEED Platinum, but don't expect it to become the norm in healthcare design very soon.

•   A call for the Philippines to fund new landscapes with the "audacity of beauty" - just as necessary as functional improvements.

•   Is Manila still listed as one of the most polluted cities in the world? Time for a really honest evaluation.

•   Team picked for Boston Red Sox spring training facility in Florida.

•   Singh on her 20-year saga designing the Indian Naval Academy: she had no idea what she was getting into.

•   Sudjic and Rose pay tribute to Kaplický: the world of architecture is now "a far duller place."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Remember this is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - do at least one thoughtful thing for someone else.


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