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Today’s News - Wednesday, August 19, 2009

•   A look at local rebuilding efforts in New Orleans that may not be the fastest or cheapest way to go, but they're working - and could be models for recovery from future disasters anywhere.

•   A call to stop mourning the decline of traditional British high streets and return "sacrosanct employment space back to its natural use as residential accommodation."

•   Forgey is only half-heartened by "a grand collaborative effort" to revive the National Mall and D.C.'s city center: alas, the vision falls short.

•   An ancient Silk Road city in China faces an onslaught of bulldozers; some cheer, some fear.

•   Dittmar defends Prince Charles: his foundation is not trying to dictate design, but he "speaks for most people's ideas about buildings, towns and cities, and architects can't stand that."

•   Meanwhile, Chelsea Barracks residents voice concern about modernist architects on the new shortlist.

•   OMA's Commonwealth Institute plans "significantly reduced" (should we have expected otherwise?).

•   SWA Group's big win for 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games gets bigger.

•   Anderton chats it up with an L.A. architect who goes on an Abu Dhabi version of "The Apprentice"; the co-writer of "(500) Days of Summer"; and a historian who talks about the secret history of the 100-year-old Santa Monica Pier.

•   Kamin cheers the return of two Sullivan facades in Chicago's Loop.

•   FLW's Guggenheim might never have happened without the intervention of an unlikely champion: Robert Moses: "Damn it, get a permit for Frank, I don't care how many laws you have to break."

•   How Wright's love of the automobile inspired his architecture.

•   Deadline reminder: Google/Guggenheim Design It: Shelter Competition closes this Sunday.

•   We couldn't resist: Glancey waxes oh-so-poetic about Lego.

•   de Botton named Heathrow Airport's writer-in-residence (he'd like to do same in a nuclear power plant).

•   Floating around NYC is an experiment in self-sustaining community living and artistry: an eco- and art-friendly sphere.


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