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Today’s News - Thursday, November 5, 2009

•   An interesting (and amusing) report from Cityscape 2009 re: wacky banking + wacky buildings: "Never trust a bank with property or a developer with money. It is time for architects and planners to show real solutions rather than changing the wrapping paper on old ones."

•   British property magnate espouses on what developers want from architects: "Quality, context, social awareness...we are looking for inventiveness" (we can only hope that's true).

•   CTBUH reports at least 50 tall buildings around the world now on hold (except, where else but China).

•   Kamin coos over Gang's Aqua tower: Chicago's "boldest - and best - new skyscraper" is "a stunning presence" that "takes us in dazzling new aesthetic directions yet still manages to respond to both its urban environs and to the environment (great pix, too!).

•   Finalists in Auckland's Queen's Wharf competition disappointed (and a little miffed) that plans are put on hold because of "lackluster" and "mediocre" results.

•   An eyeful of RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award shortlist of 11 (but "Scottish architecture is in rude health," says Olcayto).

•   Not all are thrilled that Calgary wants another "designer" pedestrian bridge following the "public furor" over Calatrava's Peace Bridge.

•   Fractals reign: an architect challenges current methods of testing the value of sustainable architecture and landscapes: "Are they actually providing us with enhanced well-being?" - and urges the use of "natural design" and "brain-mind analysis."

•   Brussat cheers Salingaros' fractal future for sustainable design and why nature nurtures tradition: he "is Moses offering wisdom from on high (whether that of God, science or Christopher Alexander)."

•   Birnbaum offers an eloquent tribute to Halprin and his "love of design, people, nature, the shaping of cities and spaces."

•   2010 London Festival of Architecture will (hopefully) feature zero-carbon water- and solar-powered wheelchair lifts.

•   New cutting edge laser technology "promises a world kept as if in amber. A virtual past that never dies."

•   Gundersen builds with whole trees - and "may revolutionize the building industry."

•   Videos of presentations by a who's who from the Future of Design conference are well worth a look.

•   More than 700 Passive Houses across Europe are opening their doors for 3 days.

•   Call for entries: Pilot projects for the Sustainable Sites Initiative.


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