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Today’s News - Wednesday, August 26, 2009

•   ASLA's latest handy resource guide on livable communities includes sections on: sustainable land use and housing, place making, green schools, and much more.

•   Cambodia's first architects' association expected to get green light and will include a new Code of Architecture to boost professionalism and protect intellectual property rights: "We want architects to stop copying each other's plans."

•   Biomimicry gaining ground: "nature has already done 3.8 billion years of how can architects now say it's wrong?"

•   We've reported on arbo-tecture before; now there's a "baubotanical" tower that's actually taken root.

•   In Austin, huge blue sunflowers generate power, look great - and mask an unsightly loading dock (a win-win in our book).

•   BIG channels Möbius to win National Library competition in Kazakhstan (lotsa pix, too).

•   CCTV tower under fire once again (and once again, we couldn't resist): "Architecture is culture, we'd better talk about it with humor."

•   Lincoln Center's fountain gets a major makeover (but preservationists wonder why it was needed at all).

•   Glancey dismisses claims that British design is dead - it's just moved from public to commercial clients.

•   Some very cool eco-designers are "crafting clever solutions that will divert tons of waste from landfills" (we'll buy!).

•   Registration deadline nears for Society of Architectural Historians October study tour to examine Civil Rights Memorials and their impact on southern cities.

•   RFP + Call for entries: Taipei Pop Music Center International Competition; and Human Cities: Places to Be.

•   Casting call: a hunky architect to host new reality show that "takes viewers on an exploration of the world's most famous rooftops" (no fear of heights a prerequisite).

•   How could we resist: Wright cemetery wants donor (an architect) to take back Borthwick gravestone (but he doesn't want it).


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