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Today’s News - Tuesday, August 4, 2009

•   Weinstein's Words That Build Tip #17: Shape dialogues with clients to catalyze designs promoting clear meanings of human relationships in proposed spaces.

•   The Urban Institute issues a report about what the federal government can do to foster both vibrant neighborhoods and successful schools.

•   New Orleans Index 4th Anniversary Edition: the region still faces major challenges.

•   Detroit has big (and small) plans to narrow its "green gap" (including large-scale urban farming).

•   Experts discuss urban infrastructure: to be globally competitive in the future, cities and regions must change the way they develop now.

•   Evolution + creation = biomimicry, an emerging field that is changing the way we think about our built environment.

•   A woman with a mission: to create a National Design Policy - a great idea, but a bit "like trying to hog-tie a whale."

•   Moss on a mission: "If we could do for L.A. urbanism in the 21st century what we did for L.A. architecture in the 20th."

•   Another Barbican - this one in Johannesburg - has preservationists in a tizzy as they watch it "lurch further and further towards 'demolition by neglect'" (the owners' have a restoration plan, but it doesn't include being able to actually use the building - doesn't that sound smart!).

•   A mid-century modern house in Durham, NC, needs to find a "loving owner" or it will become "a prime tear-down target" (and you don't need a million dollars, either).

•   Good news for a New Orleans neighborhood: permission not granted to demolish a historic church building (though the Archdiocese is not pleased).

•   The historic Hawaiian Hall in Honolulu's Bishop Museum is ready for its close-up after a three-year make-over.

•   Baillieu on why we might be seeing more master plans on future Stirling Prize shortlists: it will probably scorch architects, but it's not a bad thing.

•   Winners all: AIA honors three projects with National Healthcare Design Awards; and AIA/Los Angeles honors its own.

•   Call for papers: 48th International Making Cities Livable Conference on True Urbanism: Planning Healthy, and Child-Friendly Communities.

•   Call for entries: 2010 Benjamin Moore Hue Awards.



  


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