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Today’s News - Thursday, January 29, 2009

•   ASCE gives U.S. dismal grades on infrastructure report card.

•   An in-depth report on Norway's "environmental piety" (it's not as green as they'd like to think).

•   After Katrina, New Orleans is going green: "We're a little behind the curve...But we're catching up."

•   An eyeful of Madrid's new convention center with a façade made entirely of solar panels (Death Star or golf ball?).

•   Saudi Arabia's Knowledge Economic City: "To the surprise of all those involved, the initial conceptual design process was, by industry standards, extremely efficient."

•   Good architecture is a growing focus in affordable housing.

•   Ballard, WA, Googie Denny's may be gone, but not all are pleased with what's set to replace it.

•   Saffron chimes in on plans to float Venturi's Lieb House to New York.

•   Preservationists won't forget Beta House.

•   Brussat wants Obama to reappoint traditionalist Thomas Gordon Smith: it "could do more to change the direction of architecture in America than Prince Charles has done in Britain."

•   Krueck + Sexton takes D.C. with its first speculative office project.

•   Musicians hear heaven in Tully Hall's new sound: "It was playtime in the nice new sandbox."

•   The Carbuncle Awards 2009; Alan Dunlop resigns from Prospect magazine editorial board in a row over the judging.

•   Steven Holl wins the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge award in arts.

•   Astroland Rocket finds a new home - on Coney Island (where it always belonged).

•   Interior Design Show a good reason to head to Toronto next week.


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