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Today’s News - Tuesday, September 1, 2009

•   A look at how some cities are taking charge of their streets with design manuals - and how they're working.

•   NYC issues "Age Friendly New York," with initiatives that "might even mean a nicer city for the rest of us, not to mention some much need work for the city's designers."

•   Peter Hall takes on U.K.'s hand-out of funds to turn empty shops into community amenities: "culture on the high street" could be "our renaissance art" (there are skeptics, of course).

•   Vietnam Architects Association takes on restoration of Hanoi's ancient streets.

•   Dyckhoff's take on heritage: it's not "about what we preserve, but why we preserve it. It isn't just about architecture."

•   With 2,000 old bunkers in Germany, two architects are making a career out of transforming them into modern, affordable apartments.

•   Russell on a Brooklyn development to house the homeless, the wealthy, and a ballet school: "This is architecture good enough to put most market builders to shame."

•   An iffy future for an ambitious and highly-lauded Pugh + Scarpa affordable housing project: "We're as off that job as you can be off a job."

•   A knight-errant of those made homeless by disasters in Taiwan and mainland China: his "'open' method involves 'less architecture, more participants, and more ancestors.'"

•   Hawthorne cheers Anaheim's rail hub (with a few caveats): "the most prominent piece of green architecture in Orange County and one of the most prominent in Southern California."

•   Meanwhile, "in a campaign of demolition by neglect," it looks like San Francisco's "vital and lively" 1939 Transbay Transit Terminal will bite the dust (and nobody seems to care).

•   Hume x 2 - from Oslo: its "reinvention as a chic waterfront town" (including its "dazzling new opera house) "leaves Toronto in the dust."

•   Foster + Partners wins competition to design Incheon, South Korea's very green master plan.

•   Good news! Historic Tempelhof airport to become Berlin's largest park by next summer; and Israel's largest garbage dump to be a 2,000-acre park - 50,000-seat amphitheater included (though not by next summer).

•   At Gazprom Tower hearings today, protesters object to efforts to change zoning laws so tower can reach 400 meters (UNESCO objects, too).

•   Alsop's troubled The Public finally opens to the public - and they like it!

•   Bad economy hits Battersea Power Station owner, who claims "there is no doubt whatsoever that the power station will be developed" (we hear they're looking for a partner on the £4 billion project).

•   Kensington Palace portico plans rejected as too "twee."

•   Ending on a good news note: the National Building Museum names Christopher Alexander as the 11th Vincent Scully Prize Laureate.


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