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Today’s News - Thursday, August 20, 2009

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're taking Friday's off through August - we'll be back Monday, August 24.

•   A test area in Korea is proving that architecture and urban development using crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) is seeing major drops in crime rates.

•   The success of a Flint, MI, neighborhood polishing up its faded Victorians "is both unexpected and inspiring."

•   Chicago area residents surprise officials by cheering denser communities and better public transit.

•   How psychology can encourage environmentally friendly behavior.

•   A new (free) report highlights the importance of measuring and managing emissions to help prepare for future carbon emissions trading and reduce costs.

•   It might be required reading for AIA members now required to bone up on sustainable design advances annually.

•   A U.K. zoo hopes to feed its denizens via on-site vertical farming.

•   Russell has a pleasant conversation with Calatrava re: his WTC transit hub - "It was a challenge to make a building that is secure yet very generous," but he thinks "it will be a very beautiful experience."

•   If Holl "truly prizes controversy," he's scored big in Norway.

•   The "twisting, shimmering, and unpredictable universe" of Ron Arad signals "a bright spot for Israeli architecture."

•   Unexpected controversy swirls around Philadelphia's President's House memorial design, including charges of secrecy and historic inaccuracy.

•   Koolhaas and CCTV architecture porn (we couldn't resist, but beware: for mature audiences only).

•   Call for entries: The ZEROprize and Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Award.

•   Winners all: AIA Educational Facility Design Awards.

•   Reburbia Design Competition winners tackle McMansions, big box stores, strip malls, parking lots; etc.; Brussat has his fun with the competition.

•   AJ's competition to design "state-owned, temptation-free" housing for MPs includes some very "curious" proposals.

•   Weekend diversions: Heathcote finds the sounds Byrne's "Playing the Building" haunting (and fun).

•   "Compass and Rule" at Oxford has something for everybody, bringing together the histories of architecture and of science.

•   "Drawings & Objects by Architects" in L.A. includes elegant, eloquent (and pre-CAD) handiwork by a handful of masters (great images).

•   Publishers said only architects would be interested in reading 3 novels by an architect; "Maybe they're right. So here, free of charge&hellip"



  


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