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Today’s News - Wednesday, January 6, 2010

•   Baley bashes Dubai's burj (but ever so eloquently) as "a subprime Great Pyramid built for vainglory rather than for purpose...queasy nostalgia for a version of the future that looked old-fashioned a generation ago" (ouch!).

•   Thumb's up and thumb's down from Germany: the Burj Khalifa is "much less a symbol of hubris and much more one of a small Arab state that has dared to be different; from German architects: "Nobody knows where the planning hubris of the sheikhs will lead" (and it's a bad example for Europe).

•   Kamin goes in search of Dubai's Swiss Cheese building (a.k.a. 0-14) and finds "an entire district of unfinished buildings - a ghost city...for the most part, eerily quiet."

•   Q&A with Nadel re: what changed in security and building design over the last decade.

•   Planners, developers, and policymakers look for new ways to sustain growth and rising demand amid diminishing resources "after the Age of Infrastructure."

•   U.K.'s Chester Zoo redevelopment could include a biodome larger than the Eden Project.

•   King cheers the early blooms of good design in San Francisco's Mission Bay.

•   A special report on NYC's endangered historic buildings facing quiet neglect and in desperate need of attention.

•   Meanwhile plans to redevelop the Domino Sugar refinery on the Brooklyn waterfront head for review: cheers for the unusually large percentage of the apartments that would be set aside for low- and moderate-income families, but "it's not going to be an easy sell."

•   Cheers and challenges to plans to add "pizzazz" in converting a 1912 Portland State University building into an arts center.

•   Kimball Art Center considers University of Utah students' ideas for remodel - with hopes to hire an architect this year.

•   A Toronto firm combines architecture and activism with "socially conscious projects in often challenging neighborhoods."

•   The results of a design competition offer the "possibility of a brighter tomorrow for Filipinos" with hopes that "young designers can find, and their older counterparts can rediscover 'their sense of purpose as future nation builders.'"

•   Q&A with Bons Obiadi, an American-trained architect and town planner, re: why he returned to practice in Nigeria - he "bares his mind on sundry issues."

•   An interesting angle in reviewing the decade: design details of British architecture (it's not all ETFE).

•   A good reason to head to Seattle in February: 9th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities.

•   Call for entries: Affordable Housing for the Future in Abu Alanda, Jordan.

•   Wanted: Design Director for the National Endowment for the Arts.


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