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Today’s News - Monday, November 2, 2009

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Calatrava's TGV Station in Liège, Belgium; and a new book showcasing the "ominous, forbidding locations" in L.A. that Raymond Chandler wrote about.

•   At the APA's National Symposium, the focus was developing an affordability index for planning sustainable communities.

•   Parman ponders the future of urban agriculture: the involvement of local designers, gardeners, and artisans could be "a crucial step in reclaiming the cityscape as a commons."

•   Horizontal cities and suburbs are beginning to put the focus on designs for people instead of cars - "Jane Jacobs would be pleased."

•   A symposium in NYC next Saturday puts the focus on the future of mega-projects: do they have one in light of the stalled economy?

•   Speaking of mega-projects, things are looking iffy and/or hopeful for Ground Zero Arts Center in NYC, grand plans for Buffalo's waterfront vision, and Charleston's vision of world-class performance space.

•   Davidson cheers NYC agencies' "doggedly smuggling high-level architecture to the neighborhoods that need it most...ugly won't cut it anymore"; and an eyeful of a perfect example: a Staten Island firehouse will have a close connection with its community.

•   Pearman gives thumbs-up to Oxford's Ashmolean makeover: the museum "has reinvented itself," mixing "intelligence with showmanship."

•   Campbell explores the new main branch of the Cambridge Public Library, and the W Boston: "these two new buildings are worthy additions to a region where we too often don't aspire to architecture this fresh and thoughtful."

•   A bit more detail on plans to reduce one of the largest carbon footprints in Chicago - Willis (a.k.a. Sears) Tower.

•   It's taken awhile, but San Francisco is finally breaking ground on what will be the city's most sustainable office building.

•   U.K.-based Article 25 and its plans for architecture to change the world.

•   The Omrania l CSBE Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Design drew students from 10 Arab countries - and some impressive winners.



  


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