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Today’s News - Thursday, February 19, 2009

•   We are truly saddened by the loss of Max Bond - a master, mentor, and "a prickly voice of conscience within his profession"; a gentleman-architect, his "personal commitment to social responsibility was never at odds with a devotion to excellence in architecture."

•   Some savvy tips (and links) to landing government contracts.

•   Queensland Design Strategy 2020 intends to "promote the economic, social and environmental value of design," i.e. to mainstream design-led thinking.

•   RIBA with Places Matter! have high hopes that renamed Liverpool gallery will entice the public to get involved.

•   An eyeful of the burgeoning Dallas Arts District and its new buildings by architectural heavyweights.

•   Oedipus Bush: Presidential library plans get bigger, "akin to an average Wal-Mart Super Center" - twice as large as his father's.

•   SOM's Oakland cathedral is a "brilliant 21st-century interpretation of an 11th-century act of faith" (great slide show, too!).

•   Radio Free Europe's new HQ in Prague will be heavy on security (but you can watch a brief drive-by video).

•   Winning design in London's Elephant and Castle competition will encourage the local community to grow its own food.

•   A very amusing Q&A with Eisenman: he's still not into green architecture; he doesn't want to design chairs; he'd rather talk about football - "At 75 it's hard to be an enfant terrible."

•   At 78, Toronto architect Joan Burt still fighting a good fight.

•   Gallagher sees the retirement of shopping mall master Jim Ryan as a good time "to question the accepted hierarchy in architecture."

•   The battle to save dark skies continues as light pollution threatens our sleeping patterns, animals, and even entire ecosystems.

•   Why does every status-conscious city seem to want a Ferris wheel? "They are must-haves for any city with more ambition than imagination."

•   London's monument to the Great Fire re-opens after much-need refurbishment.


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