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Today’s News - Tuesday, July 21, 2009

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to post the newsletter yesterday...so we have a lot of catching up to do!

•   ArcSpace visits a magical sculpture park and an old paper mill transformed into a charming hotel - not too far from Copenhagen.

•   Some Vietnamese experts are "surprised by audacity of proposed Hanoi master plan" by an international consortium.

•   Planning is "'priority profession' on the immigration scorecard" as Australia looks overseas for planners to help fill a gap in rebounding building sector.

•   U.S. architects, designers looking for strategic partnerships with local developers and architects for property developments in China in the Philippines.

•   Kennicott comments on AIA's "Design for Diplomacy" report: perhaps a bit dull and dry, but "the fact that it exists means that the age of the American embassy as architectural wasteland may finally be coming to an end."

•   Is America leading the way on sustainability? Yes, says Patrick Bellew/Atelier Ten, but Gary Lawrence/Arup says it's China.

•   Baillieu wonders why U.K. architects "design some of the least energy-efficient buildings in Europe" - and offers some plausible explanations that some might find "uncomfortable."

•   Heathcote gives us a sneak-peek at Scheeren's Bangkok tower: "An archetypal modernist skyscraper with its erosion programmed in from the beginning - it is quite a metaphor for the contemporary city."

•   West Kowloon Cultural District project seems to be back on track; Foster's back - this time teamed with OMA and Rocco Design.

•   Russell reports from Yale's Kroon Hall: it "strikes a rustic note," but it's "not about quaint" as it reaches for "the Holy Grail in the battle against global warming" - carbon neutrality.

•   A Detroit banker with a mission to show how to make historic preservation economically viable even in these tough times.

•   Saffron strolls the High Line and finds it makes a case for not demolishing "Philadelphia's unloved Reading Viaduct" (great pix).

•   St. Louis' newest urban park "brings to downtown not only an entirely new, and enthusiastic, demographic, but a new formal and aesthetic framework."

•   Signs of the times: KPF UK to split from U.S. parent (let's hope they come up with a better new name than some other splitsville firms).

•   McDonough goes Dutch with a new office in Amsterdam.

•   Rose on the "rural renewal" of Kathryn Findlay: she's back with a new project that "could contain the germ of a new aesthetic for 21st-century rural architecture."

•   Chelsea Barracks redux: a handy round-up (links included) of all the brouhaha (in case you missed anything).

•   Call for entries: AIA Show How You Re-Green Housing Awards; and 24th Annual Mockett Design Competition (royalties included).



  


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