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Today’s News - Thursday, June 25, 2009

•   An "Avenue of Light" lights up tonight as an anchor to major redevelopment efforts in Ft. Worth's historic district.

•   An in-depth look at what happened to U.K.'s plans for eco-towns and who killed them (and which might be safe bets or dead ducks).

•   The good - and bad - sides of "self-service" cities "becoming robotized and retro at the same time."

•   Kennicott on why the "history of security and public architecture is generally one of catastrophic failure followed by architectural excess."

•   Not only is the Sears Tower going green, it may get a little sister: a 50-story, net-zero hotel.

•   A Long Island laboratory expands - underground; above, buildings that reflect the whaling village that used to be there.

•   Hadid's 'spaceship' library in Seville might not take flight.

•   It looks like the Paul R. Williams/A. Quincy Jones shopping center in Palm Springs is about to bite the dust (to make way for a road, what else?).

•   We thought we'd sworn off any more Chelsea Barracks banter, but how could we resist Jenkins ("No modern architect reads Jane Jacobs any more"); Farrelly ("Rogers scheme is actually quite charming"); and Letts ("Is the term 'architecture critic' at present an oxymoron?").

•   Farrelly and Fortmeyer (we're glad he's back!) take on the NSW Architecture Awards - a 'whopping" 44 winners: "Is it possible that NSW alone could have produced so many buildings of excellence?"

•   Meanwhile, even recently rising AIA Architecture Billings Index doesn't bode all that well: more inquiries could mean "clients are playing the competitive field against itself for greater savings."

•   Taking stock of East German department store shelves 20 years later uncovers some colorful surprises (great slide show).

•   Call for entries: WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture seeks innovative, implementable proposals to place infrastructure at the heart of rebuilding our cities.



  


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