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Today’s News - Monday, March 30, 2009

•   ArcSpace brings us Pei in Qatar, and 11 young architects' visions of an experimental city in China.

•   Ouroussoff proclaims the time is now to reinvent American cities, and offers four urban centers that could provide a blueprint for success.

•   Zandberg cheers that "a fitting Hebrew translation of the term urbanism has been found: ironism" (will ironic replace iconic, we wonder).

•   Virginia bans cul-de-sacs in new developments (not all are pleased).

•   Allowing squatters to find a place to call home could bring the market back into balance.

•   International Code Council looks for inspiration in Brad Pitt's Make It Right homes in New Orleans.

•   Campbell looks into his crystal ball to see what changes the future could bring to Boston's landscape.

•   de Portzamparc's vision wins competition to re-envision Brussels' European Quarter from a concrete administrative ghetto into a glimmering "open city to the sky" (pix included).

•   King cheers plans for a new San Francisco tower - except that the proposals are being kept under wraps: "Architecture is the most public art form we have...this is no time to pull down the shades."

•   Saffron blames the poor economy for a poor design decision: "if you wreck a block when times are tough, it will still be wrecked when the good times return."

•   A "brief golden age of community center architecture" in NYC may have come to a close, but its swan song is a beauty (also see 01.14.09 ANN feature).

•   Heathcote visits the renewed Whitechapel Gallery and finds "there is no better, sharper or more accessible gallery in the city."

•   An eyeful of the proposals for D.C.'s National Museum of African American History on the National Mall.

•   Kennicott spends some quality time with Ralph Appelbaum, "one of the most influential educators of our time," and how he has changed museum design.

•   Safdie's Habitat '67 in Montreal designated a heritage site: "I'm feeling like a Grandpapa! It's very moving for me."

•   Gallagher on another Detroit landmark about to bite the dust.

•   Architects are "the latest dominoes to fall": layoffs have "conjured up memories of the 1991 recession, which eviscerated a generation of younger designers."

•   RIBA in turmoil: "How do you get turkeys to vote for Christmas?"

•   de Botton goes on (and on) about the need for artists who "can proclaim the intelligence, peculiarity, beauty, and horror of the workplace... the principal source of life's meaning."

•   American Academy of Arts and Letters announces 2009 architecture awards.

•   A reason to head to Moscow this week: 2nd Moscow Architectural Days.


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