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Today’s News - Wednesday, May 6, 2009

•   Weinstein's Words That Build Tip #14: Cluster symbolic and mythically-charged keywords in communication with clients.

•   Sarkozy's grand plans for Paris: forget the icons - "it could be argued that architects are morally or ethically obliged" to find solutions to urban planning.

•   Havana's "rich and eclectic architectural history tumbles to the ground every few days" (maybe the diplomatic thaw will help make things better?).

•   Merrick muses about the London that might have been if it weren't for the recession, cautious investors (and just cranky folks).

•   Hosey hopes the recession is a chance to "make development a smarter, more sustainable business."

•   Vancouver's Olympic Village hopes to score high on the sustainability scale - including a healthy after-life.

•   Woodman and Brussat chime in on Chelsea Barracks: one calls Rogers' scheme "utterly grotesque," but blames it on the planners; the other says "Good for Charles!"

•   ULI infrastructure report points to a need to upgrade our thinking, not just the structures.

•   Heathcote x 2: he cheers approval of Woods Bagot plans for one of London's "most extraordinary landmarks"; and gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Mather's Modernism in Eastbourne.

•   Pearman is entranced by a "strange and wonderful house in a strange and wonderful place."

•   Calys cheers (and will be keeping an eye on) New Practices San Francisco winners.

•   Q&A with a Nigerian landscape architect re: the low public perception of the relevance of landscape architecture in Nigeria.

•   Musical chairs at Harvard GSD: new Landscape Architecture Chair named.

•   WAN Education Building of the Year 2009 hails from Down Under.


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