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Today’s News - Thursday, March 26, 2009

•   Atlanta picks team for new Center for Civil and Human Rights (from an impressive shortlist - worth linking to images!).

•   MacDonald looks at Ireland's "built legacy of the boom years": in "a countryside littered with vulgar McMansions" he finds some "outstanding architecture."

•   An architect bemoans Halifax's deteriorating physical environment: the "problem is not the density" of developments, but the urban forms they take.

•   In London, Simpson and Wilkinson Eyre South Bank towers approved ("It's a massive weight off my mind," says Simpson).

•   Hodges gives thumbs-up to UMMA $42 million makeover: "It's a tale of art marrying architecture in a bid to plant the university's flag in the museum world" (great slide show).

•   Price tag for Montreal's new concert hall balloons, but hopes are high that it will go forward.

•   Tulsa stadium design approved: brick, zinc, and art deco details (gone is the FLW influence). - A plans to renovate a mid-century architectural gem of a synagogue in New Jersey comes under fire.

•   Hawthorne's take on L.A.'s Great Signage Debate: "billboards and supergraphics - if properly conceived and regulated - can add life and spirit to the cityscape" (that "if" is the big issue).

•   A recent graduate talks about how the profession (especially in a recession) mistreats its young: "we have to reflect on and question the value of the training that makes graduates so disposable."

•   CNU 2009 Charter Award winners announced (with great back-up material).


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