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Today’s News - Wednesday, February 11, 2009

•   Goldberger, Glancey, and Rose on the Beijing blaze: an "intimate connection between cutting-edge architecture and catastrophe"; will it "come back to haunt European architects?"; "TVCC tower looks to have survived its first, and fiery, brush with Chinese fate."

•   Greer's view of Dubai from the top deck of a tour bus (posted yesterday) obviously missed that "on the ground, ordinary people are starting to make the city buzz."

•   Foster's Las Vegas tower gets knee-capped almost in half; now "fated to look like a stubby, squashed stepchild next to its soaring CityCenter siblings" (no official renderings, but LV Sun comes up with its own).

•   Sorkin offers some suggestions on how to spend $800 billion (now if only they would listen!).

•   The Senate may have passed a huge economic stimulus bill, but it's not necessarily good news for architects; 66 industry organizations take to the Hill.

•   A new, weekly synopsis follows the action.

•   Hume fumes that in Canada, "instead of spending the money, and getting those proverbial shovels into the ground, we will continue to bicker."

•   The Get Britain Building Campaign is about outcomes, not rhetoric, and the time for government spin is over (but will anyone listen?).

•   Dyson couldn't build his own school, so he makes a generous donation to the Royal College of Art to help fund a major new building (no word yet on who will design it).

•   More on Venturi's Lieb House move - and the architect who has been losing sleep over it.

•   Kamin cheers three winners of Driehaus community design award: they "are all worthy choices."

•   Mies van der Rohe Award 2009 shortlist announced.

•   Deadline reminders: ASLA 2009 Annual Meeting call for presentations; and SMPS National Marketing Communications Awards.

•   We couldn't resist: pretend to be an architect for an hour and get paid $100?! Yes, please, and pass the foam core!


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