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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 27, 2009

•   Plans move ahead for Rawabi, the first planned community for 30,000 Palestinians in the occupied territories.

•   The largest housing development in Thames Gateway goes to planning.

•   Three green, affordable housing schemes (by 3 of our faves) are a big win for a Syracuse neighborhood.

•   Cheek on a new environmental education center: it's "an alternate universe" to the "grade-it, pave-it and supersize-it ethic that has shaped Bellevue."

•   A new version for LEED certification - for people and buildings - adds more red tape (and cost) to complicate going green (not very good timing, we say).

•   King on a shovel-ready San Francisco project that is a "poster child for stimulus package."

•   Goldberger cheers the rebirth of Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall: "shows how much richness and complexity can be teased out of the modernist vocabulary in the right hands" (video walk-through, too).

•   Rochon rhapsodizes about Univ. of Waterloo's "flower-power tower": it's "groovy, irreverent, gutsy, and imperfect."

•   West Cork Arts Centre picks its architect.

•   Density requirements unintentionally threaten Portland, Oregon's historic districts.

•   Kamin gives (mostly thumbs-up to Preservation Chicago's "Chicago Seven" list, but "take it with a Sears Tower-size grain of salt."

•   A call to save Dublin's historic city center instead of giving it a "bland" makeover.

•   An evolving master plan for the Richardson Olmsted Complex in Buffalo moves ahead.

•   Viladas offers an eyeful of Philip Johnson's other glass house in New Canaan that "has been hiding in plain sight."

•   Once considered tacky, the two-level boxy stucco-clad "Vancouver Special" is now on many must-have lists.

•   Glancey travels to Portugal for a face-to-face with Siza.

•   Piano visits Valletta, Malta, the "Manhattan of the 16th century."

•   Hume chats with Santa Monica-based Wes Jones: "Toronto is like New York without all the depressing parts."

•   Call for entries: 2009 Sustainable Leadership Awards.


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