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Today’s News - Wednesday, September 2, 2009

•   Gretes' Market Research Strategies in Uncertain Times #3: Preparing for the Rebound.

•   Good news/bad news for eco-city plans around the world.

•   Austin Williams x 2: a no-holds-barred take on why Dongtan is "the eco-city that never was...not because it was too ambitious, but because it wasn't ambitious enough"; and his musings about whether there is such a thing as Communist architecture: "We should not confuse Brutalist architecture with brutal political legitimacy."

•   The 98-page IOC report on the four cities vying for 2016 Summer Olympics notes problems with all the bids.

•   Plans for a "two-speed" (pay more, move faster) planning process by a U.K. council is panned by architects and planners.

•   Lawsuits filed to halt construction of Hadid's library in Seville (we'll see how far they get).

•   Rose re: Britain's first tailor-made homeless hostel - a "cool modernist building" that should be a model for the future, but will it "end up being a one-off?"

•   Ron Arad's Design Museum in Israel could be a "model for a new kind of Middle Eastern museum" - or a "rusty Guggenheim" (great pix).

•   Kamin cheers Chicago's newest charter school housed in a 1905 power station: "a model for recycling historic buildings" as a "palace of steam is now a palace of learning" that harnesses "architecture's aesthetic power to a broader social purpose."

•   The new Times Square Info Center organizes information in a whole new way.

•   The traditional Filipino dwelling, a.k.a. bahay kubo, inspires contemporary architects.

•   The Dirt has more (good) dirt on Israel's massive Ariel Sharon Park.

•   Profiles in design: Jeanne Gang brings the "sensuousness of nature," sustainability, and "the thrill of the new to Chicago and beyond." - A Q&A with David Dillard of Project Sleepover. - Mack is back with a review of Ellerbe Becket's 100 years.

•   An eyeful of London's Athenaeum hotel sprouting a forest façade (an amazing piece of art - let's hope it stays green).

•   Call for entries: 57th Annual P/A Awards for unbuilt projects.

•   Winners all: 2009 R+D Awards: the bad economy is actually "motivating a major boom in architectural technology" - AIACC Off-Grid 2.0 Ideas Competition. - INDEX: Awards for designs that improve life.

•   We couldn't resist: a font war over IKEA changing its typeface (some people must have too much time on their hands).


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