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Today’s News - Monday, October 5, 2009

EDITOR'S NOTE: We have early morning travel plans tomorrow, so there will be no newsletter...we'll be back Wednesday, October 7.

•   ArcSpace brings us an eyeful of Atelier Bow-Wow's "bento box" gallery in Denmark.

•  A call to update the Philippines' "obsolete" urban planning model as the country struggles in the aftermath of tropical storm Ondoy: "We gave them solutions 32 years ago but they were never implemented."

•   Steinberg cheers progress in development plans for the Central Delaware riverfront, but "there's only one problem": efforts should be aligned to really make a difference.

•   Losing the 2016 Olympics could be a blessing in disguise for Chicago: the bid "may have set the stage for renewed progress" on many fronts (we'll keep tabs on what happens with Reese complex).

•   Lewis sits in on a transportation policies conference where participants minced no words: why is transportation not higher on the nation's political agenda?

•   Vancouver's City and Greenways Planner discusses the city's multi-faceted green streets program.

•   Skyscrapers OK'd for Liverpool's waterfront (lots of pix of proposals; sadly, no design credit).

•   Zandberg talks to the architect of the1979 Asia House in Tel Aviv, and why he's designing a new tower: "If I don't agree, they will find someone else who will destroy this work of art. Who knows what they'd do to it."

•   McGuigan on Dallas's new additions to its growing arts district: "Can culture really do double duty as an urban-renaissance project?" + video tours of the Wyly Theatre and its "never-before-seen gizmonics."

•   Ouroussoff takes on the $7 billion Stuttgart 21 rail station plan: it's a "façadist dodge" that "joins a growing list of misguided projects that are reducing Germany's 20th-century architectural history to a fairy tale version of the truth" (we think he doesn't like it).

•   Pearman visits the new housing that replaced the old Arsenal stadium: "It's all rather Alice Through the Looking Glass, a chessboard landscape" (we think he likes it).

•   Kennicott on Adjaye's triple challenge in D.C., a city struggling "with its own reluctance to move forward architecturally."

•   Campbell cheers the audacity of the new Greater Boston Food Bank: "a building without frills that is, nevertheless, a delight" and "able to assert its a vast shapeless setting."

•   Geller on jurying the Prefab 20*20 competition: the entries demonstrate that "now may be the time for greater use of prefabricated construction to create more sustainable and affordable housing" + an eyeful of the winners.

•   Call for entries: SHIFTboston Open International Ideas Competition; 3rd Annual Cleveland Design Competition; and 2010 WHR Architects Tradewell Fellowship.


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