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Today’s News - Thursday, March 19, 2009

•   When your new job is to find your next job: Some practical suggestions for opening new doors of opportunities in difficult times.

•   More on Grand Paris plans: Glancey is not convinced: "Paris should beware these grand architectural designs&hellipNo single architect can ever right the city's wrongs, or come up with ideal, universal solutions." - "It is fun - very expensive fun," says Rogers. - And Rogers Stirk Harbour's project director talks about its master plan.

•   Ouroussoff visits Robin Hood Gardens (an arduous journey), and finds a sad site that could use "an imaginative architect to tackle the entire complex."

•   A London post-WW II prefab housing estate saved from the wrecking ball.

•   Habitat for Humanity changes focus to meet the demands of a changing economy.

•   Rybczynski offers an eyeful of Detroit's beautiful ruins.

•   Kamin comes down on plans to build in some of Chicago's open spaces.

•   Calys visits an all-too-rare successful development where developer, design team, and the National Park Service collaborated (lessons for the Presidio?).

•   Brussat sees the economic crisis as a "perfect storm" for Modernism: "Maybe at last it will sink."

•   Some of our favorite scribes answer the question "What is good design?"

•   Anderton has a lively conversation about surviving the downturn, creatively (there's hope in Second Life).

•   University of North Carolina unveils its next eye-catching building for Charlotte (lots of pix).

•   Australian Institute of Architects honors Hassell's Ken Maher with 2009 Gold Medal for Architecture (great slide show).

•   Snohetta's Oslo Opera House takes Brit Insurance Design of the Year 2009 in Architecture (Fairey's Obama poster takes overall award).

•   Call for entries: Design Trust for Public Space Photo Urbanism 5 Fellowship; and ICSC "Future Image" Architecture Competition to reimagine the shopping center of the future.


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