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Today’s News - Thursday, January 14, 2010

•   Architects and engineers who have worked in or visited Haiti say substandard design, inadequate materials and shoddy construction practices likely contributed to the collapse of many buildings + ways you can help survivors of the Haiti earthquake (at least until architects and engineers can begin helping with the rebuilding).

•   Gehry withdraws from plan to build Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem (museum website says only "please check back soon").

•   Rybczynski on what the Burj Kahlifa owes to Frank Lloyd Wright.

•   Forget "sustainability," the concept of "resilience" could (or should?) change the "climate change conversation altogether."

•   Study shows public transportation projects create twice as many jobs as highway projects.

•   The result: the Obama administration loosens purse strings for transit projects with new guidelines that take "livability" into account (what a concept!).

•   "Extravagant, cutting-edge architecture" for the arts and sports is transforming Dallas (for the most part).

•   Beyond the Bilbao Effect, many European cities "represent realistic models for the rescue of Detroit."

•   MoMA's next new neighbor: Milan's Triennale Design Museum snags former Museum of Arts & Design space in Manhattan, slated to open in time for ICFF (no architect announced - yet).

•   The next High Line (perhaps): Terry Farrell has plans for the Bishopsgate Goods Yard in Shoreditch, London.

•   An eyeful of "some simple yet radical ways to retrofit our urban building stock to address a chief cause of climate change: tropical deforestation."

•   A wide range of notables pipe in with their predictions "from the wildly speculative to the intensely pragmatic" for the next 10 years.

•   Merrick marvels at the "strangely glinting, zinc-clad" Salvation Army Citadel because of its "its striking simplicity - and in its sense of place" (in this case, not being a world-class building is a good thing).

•   In Vietnam, the Stop and Go Café "may conjure up visions of a gas station or a convenience store - it is anything but; it's "part Gaudi with slices of Disney, Steiner and sprayed with hippie whimsy."

•   Straw bale homes are incredibly energy efficient, but the cost of building one remains prohibitive.

•   Rafael Manzano Martos and Vincent Scully garner major Driehaus awards.

•   Call for entries: RIBA Awards - Stirling Prize, Lubetkin Prize, RIBA International Awards.

•   How could we resist: turn your dog into a solar power generator (could herds of cows be far behind?).


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