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Today’s News - Monday, September 28, 2009

•   ArcSpace brings us Hadid in Cairo and Meier in Prague.

•   Reshaping suburbia to make it more livable: "We really can't afford to wait."

•   Scientist find urban green roofs are more effective in fighting global warming than first thought.

•   A call for Bulgaria to cut bureaucracy: "It is not yet accepted culturally that good design improves lives and the quality of living."

•   Dillon delves into Dallas's new cultural district: "will all this high design come together to make a real place...Or will it devolve into a glossy architecture fair that...does little to nourish the life of the city?" (we hope the former)

•   Kamin says Chicago will change whether it gets the 2016 Olympics or not - just don't get carried away with high hopes for big change.

•   King cheers new Disney museum in San Francisco's Presidio: it's an "artful transformation of a statuesque barrack," but also a lesson in "how difficult future restorations will be"; it's official: there will be no Fisher Museum in the Presidio - he died two days after leaving his collection to SFMOMA.

•   A £1.5 billion east London project, including Farrell's aquarium, is "dead in the water" (or is it?).

•   English Heritage backs Koolhaas plans Commonwealth Institute: the public benefits would "outweigh the harm" to the West London landmark.

•   Chipperfield reworks his Kunsthaus Zürich extension to make it "more consistent with the political and cultural interests" of the city's urban development department.

•   Architects of Yale's 1981 Mudd Library are "dismayed" that they can't convince officials to preserve and adopt it for new uses.

•   Meanwhile in Ohio, an architect helps find new use for an Edsel showroom he designed in 1957.

•   An eyeful of a home in Israel designed with input from the children with special needs who will live there.

•   An eyeful of Gorlin's "tranquil" Hampton beach house: "You pay the mighty ocean the humble compliment of extreme simplicity."

•   A good reason to head to Chicago this week: Design Futures Council Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design, then zip over to Oregon for the launch of the first annual Portland Architecture + Design Festival.

•   The exhibit has ended, but Daniell found it a fulfilling presentation of "one of the most important mentor-protégé lineages in postwar Japanese architecture."

•   We couldn't resist: a video of daredevil window cleaners adding sparkle to the Burj Dubai (yikes!).


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