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Today’s News - Monday, February 2, 2009

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Hadid in Antwerp and MAD Architects in Mississauga.

•   Is Old Damascus is in danger of losing this endearing character? "This city is being turned into an amusement park."

•   With so many talented architects, why is there so much that "offends the eye and mind" in Ghana?

•   Pasternack digs deep into the "anti-icon icon": CCTV and the "construction of a conundrum" (one of the best analyses we've seen).

•   A French-Vietnamese artist dreams of the city of the future that even architects like.

•   Kamin on a "wrong-headed ruling" that "aims a dagger at the heart of Chicago's landmarks law and measures like it around the nation."

•   A "living eulogy" for the Garland Jones Building, "the last remaining example of High Modern Architecture in Raleigh" set for demolition.

•   Consider it "stunning" or "hideous," apparently the Garland Jones was no joy to work in.

•   Hawthorne is none too kind to the new Capitol Visitor Center: "you could hardly invent a more perfect cautionary tale than the one embodied by this grandiose complex... marbled pork."

•   A North Myrtle Beach eyesore to become smart growth precedent.

•   "Live the Box" competition winners come up with some creative urban multifamily mixed-use projects using shipping containers.

•   Bayley is blown away by dRMM's Sliding House.

•   Laura Bush is thrilled by choice of Van Valkenburgh as landscape architect for presidential library (now all they have to do is figure out who actually owns the land).

•   French architects win competition to design Helsinki Zoo re-do (polar bears included).

•   Despite the bleak economy, Maple Grove moves ahead with plans for a stylized band shell and town green.

•   "Objectified" gathers the world's top designers in a documentary telling the story of the magic behind the objects we use every day.

•   Call for entries: 2009 Dulux Colour Awards (projects must be in Australia).

•   We couldn't resist: an 1880s-era house glides across a frozen lake to rescue it from the wrecking ball (shades of Venturi's Lieb House saga?). - Researchers find gossip is good for testing business ideas.


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