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Today’s News - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

•   A look at what kind of urbanism President Obama's stimulus billions will buy, and a few of an emerging generation of activist designers who hope to make a difference.

•   British survey shows the public believe onus is on them to make towns and cities better places to live - and students' winning design to help them do it.

•   Pasternack offers an in-depth take on Beijing's "trial by fire," and the many layers of symbolism (and politics) the TVCC immolation represents.

•   Architects speak out about Viet Nam's "changing rural landscape and the need to address the sometimes chaotic architecture that is creating eyesores across the countryside."

•   Time magazine's 10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now: #2. Recycling the Suburbs.

•   Farrelly bemoans Heneghan's stepping down from Sydney University's architecture chair to head to Tokyo; could it be the pathetic state of Australia's system?

•   A Miami revitalization project may have fallen short of its original goals, but it still garners praise for its efforts in helping knit together two other neighborhoods.

•   A "dramatic" new RMIT campus building will be "a spectacular addition to Melbourne's urban landscape."

•   Jerusalem's Israel Museum gets $100 million re-do.

•   FLW's Darwin Martin House visitors' center is ready for its close-up.

•   Another British survey: "a grim picture for small firms," but the "worst of the job cuts may be over" (though not much hope for those already out of a job).

•   A look at how some U.S. firms "have found sensible rather than sheepish ways to try to handle what's ahead."

•   There is some good news: Winners named in Delft University of Technology architecture faculty competition. - Holl surprised by (very generous!) Spanish prize. - Calatrava wins big in his suit re: Bilbao bridge design change (though nowhere near as big as he'd wished).

•   Call for entries: 4th IABR Squat City Competition; and Ample Sample 2009: "Rethink. Reuse. Upcycle."


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