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Today’s News - Wednesday, November 11, 2009

•   Providence, RI, has a big plan to free up the city's historic waterfront for mixed-use development: it's relocating an Interstate.

•   Jacobs says "we should look with new eyes" at the entire Interstate highway system as an opportunity to invent new uses.

•   An in-depth (and interesting) look at the "imagineered urbanism" Korea's Songdo City defying "economic gravity": will it succeed or does it "risk becoming a sterile urban theme park"?

•   An eyeful of the Punggol Waterfront Housing Design Competition winning team's design for Singapore's first waterfront "resort-like" public housing project.

•   We cheer the good news that the Scottish government (via Architecture & Design Scotland) has stepped in to save the Lighthouse architecture center.

•   Glancey cheers Bath saving its world heritage status, "but for how long...Dresden proves that UNESCO has teeth."

•   Kamin cheers University of Chicago's defying the recession to move ahead with a new (scaled back) arts center.

•   Lacayo chats with Mayne about his "really compelling" Cooper Union project.

•   Houston Ballet moves ahead with its new home that will be "will be the largest in the U.S. devoted specifically to dance" (and no more dancing around rain buckets).

•   Levete's whopping plan for News International Wapping HQ gets the go-ahead.

•   The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas has some rooms "designed to be decadent, party-like-a-rock-star spaces" (from the great slide show, we'd say that's an understatement).

•   Good reasons to be in D.C. and London over the next few weeks: WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture will debate the future of national infrastructure; and Sustaining Identity: Symposium II will debate whether enduring, uniquely localized, people-centered space is still possible and desirable."

•   Call for entries registration deadline extended for Cleveland Design Competition - Project 2009: Lakefront Station.

•   One we couldn't resist: 65 of the oddest houses we've ever seen (sadly, no locations or architect info included - but definitely worth a gander!).


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