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Today’s News - Tuesday, November 10, 2009

•   One of the most comprehensive takes we've seen on Detroit as the poster child of "the ultimate blank canvas" and urban laboratory for radical ideas and "big, audacious dreams."

•   The history - and future - of turning industrial eyesores into popular public spaces.

•   The latest example: a former arms factory transformed into the Cité du Design in Saint-Etienne, France - where solar panels are an artful part of the architecture (great pix!).

•   And coming soon: 3XN tapped to turn a series of disused freight train halls into a cultural center in Denmark.

•   Iovine and Menking on NYC's "complex fraternity of agencies has fine-tuned an approach" to involve private-sector architects in public work - "the first step to shaping the city itself."

•   Las Vegas master planning for "a new demographic" where residents won't be the only ones to benefit from the shift to a higher-density, more pedestrian-friendly city.

•   Hawthorne has some serious doubts about plans for a new stadium on a site "that has little chance of succeeding in urban terms" (though he's a lot kinder about the design itself).

•   King cheers the newest building on San Francisco's Market Street, the "third piece of an architectural collage" that displays a "spirit, a quiet pride in putting well-crafted materials to use."

•   Risen is revved up about Washington, DC's first stand-alone bicycle storage and rental facility, "part of a larger pro-cycling strategy for the region" - a cross between "a bicycle helmet and Captain Nemo's submarine."

•   California's Marin County at forefront of net-zero energy passive house design.

•   Q&A with WAF World Building of the Year winner, South African architect Peter Rich: "Architects need to be of service to a broader audience."

•   SANAA's Sejima tapped to curate next Venice Biennale, the first architect since Fuksas in 2000 - and the first woman.

•   We are saddened by the news that Metropolitan Home will be no more.

•   Call for entries: ideas competition to redesign of the area around Montreal's Champ-de-Mars métro station (if you have a business in Canada).

•   One we couldn't resist: FIU architecture students walk on water - literally (and video to prove it).


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