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Today’s News - Thursday, January 22, 2009

•   December's AIA Billing Index was bleak, but $100 billion would help things look up.

•   Russell bemoans probable boondoggles that won't help a thing: "Look for freeway spectaculars among the proposals...Mark them "D" - for delusional."

•   Brookings Institution experts offer advice to the Obama Administration: Invest in the principal drivers of prosperity - infrastructure, human capital, innovation, and energy efficiency.

•   Winnipeg proposes a novel way to proceed with "smart development."

•   A Tacoma architect is taking things into his own hands by running for mayor.

•   Brussat hopes Obama embraces "his inner architect by initiating a national conversation about architecture" to "change architecture from the modernism of the past half a century to a new traditionalism for the future."

•   If the design profession doesn't rein in its trend towards the abstract, "we can all look forward to living in cities overcrowded by alienating glass behemoths&helliprather than communities built to serve our needs."

•   Pearman sits down with Rogers, Stick, and Harbour, "the modern Goths."

•   U.K.'s National Trust hopes to preserve a home "boasting one of the most extraordinary interiors in Britain" (great slide show!).

•   A little-known mid-century gem in L.A. was headed for tear-down, now respectfully restored (terrific slide show).

•   Voelz Chandler cheers the restoration of "one-of-a- kind emblem of the golden age of aviation" in Denver.

•   Anderton has lively conversations about the Obamas: their "cool" style, their new designer; Lifson on what lessons Obama might have learned (or not) about architecture from Chicago.

•   The Obamas "need to show reverence for the past without living in it"; the appointment of Michael Smith "is a promising start."

•   A profile of the man himself.

•   Call for entries: 2009 Torsanlorenzo International Prize in Landscape Design, Urban Green Spaces, and Private Gardens.

•   Call for presentations: ASLA 2009 Annual Meeting "Beyond Sustainability: Regenerating Places and People."

•   An eyeful of the IIDA/Metropolis 3rd Annual Smart Environments Awards: "all three winners combined sustainable design and functional beauty."


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