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Today’s News - Monday, February 16, 2009

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of BIG in Baku, and Gehry's first project in Denmark.

•   Richard Florida on how the economic crash will reshape America + he explains why recession is the mother of invention.

•   Russell on the shortsightedness of trying to ban the arts from the stimulus bill: "there is no argument about the value of the arts, especially as a renewal tool."

•   Saffron on Philadelphia's high hopes to "emerge from this economic crisis as the Bionic City, with modern water and energy systems. But will the public care about a transformation it can't see?"

•   A promise that small firms will have a shot at designing parts of London's 2012 Olympic legacy.

•   Kamin lament s that Chicago 2016 organizers are "in the driver's seat" for the Olympic Village instead of architects: the design "is an outdated version of the discredited tower-in-the-park urbanism that gave us soulless housing projects in the 1960s."

•   In Malaysia, a concept to foster a friendly neighborhood spirit sounds good on paper, but it doesn't quite work in the real, Malaysian, world."

•   Could cohousing communities be the next big thing?

•   King finds out what buildings and spaces San Francisco's new city planning director thinks are successful.

•   Campbell doesn't "know where to begin to castigate the new US Capitol Visitor Center" (but does find some other places that are definitely worth a look-see).

•   Rockwell takes on the Oscars (they just might be worth watching this year!).

•   Portman's adaptive re-use of a 1928 mixed-use development breaks ground in Shanghai.

•   School daze: Bayley gives a gold star to "a remarkable riposte" to government thinking on school design.

•   Hume on a Toronto school that looks as good as it smells, and speaks "of new attitudes to education."

•   Barnard College's new Nexus student center vs. Columbia University's Lerner Hall: same goals, but one works, one doesn't.

•   Rudolph's old house overhauled by fraternity: gone the floating stairs, "tripping hazard" of a fireplace (but much safer for frat parties!).

•   Fast Company's 10 Most Innovative Companies in Architecture (SOM the only on that makes the overall Fast 50 list).

•   Call for Expressions of Interest (international): a seafront leisure facility in Worthing, U.K.


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