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Today’s News - Wednesday, January 20, 2010

•   We lose Sarkisyan, a champion of Moscow architecture who campaigned against rampant post-Soviet development.

•   Anderton sits down with an impressive panel to discuss whether design and architecture can help Haiti rise again - "can good design trump political mayhem?"

•   What will it take to rebuild Haiti: "use this as perverse chance to build back better."

•   A call for Sydneysiders "to take ownership of their city, rather than wait for an urban messiah" in fighting urban blight.

•   Environmentalism as a substitute for religion: "Let us save the planet, by all means," but let's "temper our fervor to more reasonable levels."

•   A new U.K. study says homeowners are wasting money on "eco-bling" that makes little difference to the environment (needed: more engineers).

•   Architects struggle with the tight schedules of low-income housing.

•   A new affordable housing conference in July plans to come up with some solutions.

•   A Portuguese team wins Re:Vision Dallas; other entries have created "a bank of ideas from architects to pull from" (like a development constructed from recycled airliner fuselage - great slide show).

•   A special report on 21st-century school design, NYC's School of One pilot program, and a great round-up of case studies.

•   A new school in Harlem is the "pride of 103rd St. - the product of its stubborn and visionary founders and the building's equally stubborn and visionary architect."

•   Finch offers reasons to be cheerful: "Even in hard times, there are opportunities that architects should pursue."

•   Adrian Smith is "creating high tension in high places," claiming SOM is denying him credit for the Burj Khalifa.

•   Q&A with Helmut Jahn re: CityCenter: "definitely very exciting, and to some degree rewarding, to work in a group of architects like this than to work with lesser people."

•   Anne Guiney takes the lead at the Institute for Urban Design.

•   On the anniversary of Sir John Soane's death, AR revisits 1978 article, "The furniture of death."

•   Deadline reminder: Next Generation Design Competition: One Design Fix for the Future: January 29.


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