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Today’s News - Monday, March 23, 2009

•   ArcSpace brings us Kuma in Kyoto and a Frog Queen (very cool) in Graz.

•   Dyckhoff on Grand Paris plans: "enormously ambitious...the going will not be easy" (and a bit of history).

•   Rochon on the end of "one-off, downtown follies; hello scaled-down poetry for the city's troubled edges."

•   A similar note sung by Diamond re: the end of iconic "monuments to ego and extreme individualism": "There can be beauty in economy."

•   Glancey says the surge in architecture course registration is a good sign: "when this recession ends, we'll have a newly invigorated public sector working hand-in-hand with a new generation of architects" (so stay optimistic).

•   NYC's Design Excellence initiative is keeping an A-List of architects busy - including up-and-coming young guns.

•   A sad ballad to the "hopelessness" on Liverpool's Hope Street: the pursuit of 'the quick buck now' signifies a relinquishing of a civic sense of history."

•   Sacramento's Tent City homeless encampment is coming down, but should it?

•   Speck walks Oklahoma City streets and finds they're not made for walking.

•   A project in Texas is a poster child for an unintended effect of the stimulus package: encouraging sprawl.

•   Most new buildings in urban areas of Viet Nam are not eco-friendly because of a shortage of laws on energy preservation.

•   Kamin on Chicago's newest tower: while it may "come up short on the skyline," it more than makes up for it by its "city-friendly presence" on the riverfront.

•   A modern makeover for Ottawa's historic Parliament Hill (but you won't even notice until you're inside).

•   An eyeful of the winners in A New Infrastructure: Innovative Transit Solutions for Los Angeles competition.

•   Calls for entries: CTBUH 8th Annual Best Tall Building Awards; 2009 Toronto Urban Design Awards; and Competitial: First Edificial Design Competition: design a universal waiting room for unemployed architects.

•   We couldn't resist: Japanese architects condense an entire home into a 30-square-foot cube (we'll pass); and Mini and Airstream offer up a dream car/camper combo (we'll take it!).


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