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Today’s News - Thursday, February 26, 2009

•   Australian architects to offer pro bono services for stimulus package infrastructure projects "as a community service."

•   Recession strikes neighborhoods: as the "tide of gentrification that transformed economically depressed enclaves is receding, leaving some communities high and dry."

•   Huxtable takes on the "beauty in Brutalism": a 20th-century heritage "is in crisis and in desperate need of a revised, realistic agenda."

•   Risen, meanwhile, muses that Huxtable's "legacy may be too much of a good thing": most other critics don't engage both society and architecture&hellipguiding them both forward...toward better urban forms and healthier cities."

•   Viñoly's Battersea eco-tower bites the dust.

•   An Urbanist's polemic against the excesses of the transformation of Beijing (maybe the Mandarin tower fire was not such a bad thing?).

•   Rosenbaum offers an irreverent take on Alice Tully Hall (in two parts): some thought the old one "was the pits. But I thought that its new entrance pit was the pits."

•   Holl's next big win in China: images with "some tantalizing jargon...Bracket, eh?"

•   A special report re: Dallas Center for the Performing Arts' Wyly Theater and Winspear Opera House (lots of images, videos, links!).

•   Forgey (we're so glad he's back!) on Esocoff's "willful buildings that tend to stand out while fitting in&hellipan unusual, but clear-headed, architectural mantra."

•   The new Secretary of the Interior lists preservation of the National Mall as a top priority (yay!).

•   An eyeful of winning design for Liffey Valley bridge: "iconic yet understated."

•   U.K.'s first new nuclear plant calls on YRM for design (visitors center included?).

•   Two Q&A's with Siza re: winning Royal Gold Medal.

•   Cheek pulls no punches re: his adventure designing his own house: "A week after we moved in, my amateur design errors were brutally obvious."

•   Some of the Routemaster winning entries "are rife with cuddly, friendly, smiley anthropomorphism...cute for an entrant in the under-11s category."

•   V&A to launch competition for Dundee museum; Bilbao effect expected.

•   Call for entries: FormShift Vancouver international open ideas competition for a vibrant, greener, denser city.


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