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Today’s News - Wednesday, September 23, 2009

•   Hess pays tribute to Morris, a "little-known California modernist who leaves a big impact."

•   Heathcote looks at lost opportunities for good design in social housing by leaving it up to "grudging developers" (a history lesson here).

•   A battle between "old school" and "new school" at Cornell: "Pick now or forever hold your peace: Are you going to draw by hand or on the computer?" (isn't there a third way?)

•   An eyeful of Venturi, Scott Brown's decorated shed for the Lincoln Highway Experience in Pennsylvania.

•   An Italian architect (not Piano) has a different vision for rebuilding the Royal Opera House in Valletta, Malta.

•   Once-threatened French-colonial villas in Vietnam to be protected - and restored.

•   Now that the lost stones from London's Euston Arch are being recovered from River Lea, the lost landmark might just get rebuilt (nightclub included).

•   Arieff cheers cities' innovative efforts to turn empty urban spaces into "public spaces, created on the cheap, and full of heart" (great pix, links).

•   Howeler & Yoon offer up their own solution for empty construction sites in Boston.

•   Rael San Fratello's Bay Line proposal for a disused part of Bay Bridge could be San Francisco's answer to NYC's High Line.

•   The recent New Amsterdam Bike Slam was "part infrastructure symposium and part reality television show competition" (and definitely sounded like fun; spoiler: Team Amsterdam won).

•   NJIT team proposal for a network of floating docks with river turbines that would harness clean energy and create new public spaces draws interest from all over.

•   Newark visitors center competition plagued by some "unfortunate blunders" (but no one has been disqualified or dropped out).

•   The KPF "breakaway five" unveil new practice name (an alphabet soup...what else?).

•   A great presentation of Fast Company's pick for Masters of Design 2009.

•   We couldn't resist: Greer and Bayley go at it over his new book, "Woman as Design"; and Calatrava's new digs in Connecticut: a mere $5.5 million (pix included - we bet the furniture goes).


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