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Today’s News - Wednesday, January 13, 2010

•   Architectural aid relief charity Article 25 calls on architects to aid survivors of Haiti earthquake.

•   Betsky muses on Dubai 10 years from now: "as illogical as Phoenix or Las Vegas," it "will have turned from mirage to home sweet home for millions."

•   An in-depth look at beleaguered Buenaventura, Colombia's "tangled web of competing interests" hampering its efforts to build its future (one plan to relocate waterfront slum dwellers might not be such a good idea).

•   A study finds the walkability factor is affecting real estate prices (and calculate your own "Walk Score").

•   A most interesting Q&A with Anthony Flint: forget Jacobs vs. Moses - "the city of the 21st century will be the reinvented city."

•   Rochon visits Broadway's pedestrian plazas and Barnard College's Diana Center: "Toronto, are you watching?"

•   It's architects vs. AIA Hawaii, defending plans for elevated rail in Honolulu.

•   King cheers on some fantastical notions for obsolete Bay Bridge span (or just leave it as a bird habitat, perhaps).

•   Pearman asks, "What recession? The cultural-buildings juggernaut rolls on," and looks at what's in store for the next decade.

•   The highs and lows for historic places in 2009.

•   Photos shot from Los Angeles City Hall six decades apart offer dramatic evidence of the city's transformation (terrific slide show!).

•   New revelations about Bauhaus members' cooperation with the Nazis; much was "an act of survival."

•   Jacobs experiences first-hand the High Line-straddling Standard: a "voyeurs' delight" - in fact, "the whole neighborhood suddenly sprouting up...promises to be a hot spot for exhibitionism and voyeurism."

•   Q&A with Rockwell re: Crystals interior at CityCenter and how designing in Las Vegas differs from working in other cities: it's "a totally unique place where over the top flamboyant extravagant design is a part of the city."

•   Two blind architects - one in San Francisco, the other in Lisbon - find each other and a niche for their talents and new sensibilities.

•   An architect helping to build homes in North Korea sees "a rare opening for international cooperation."

•   Non-profit Out2Play wins city grant to transform empty lots into playgrounds for 70 NYC schools.

•   Call for Entries: Marketing Now 2010 Marketing Excellence Awards for AEC Firms (U.S. and Canada).

•   We couldn't resist: architecture's "Avatar" - an animated short movie where none of the architecture is actually real (and it's really amazing!).


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