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Today’s News - Thursday, January 28, 2010

•   Steal these designs: Walker on the open-source movement in design: who's doing it, what they're doing (and links to all).

•   And NYC puts its new Active Design Guidelines for creating healthier buildings, streets, and urban spaces online - available to all.

•   Columbia University's eminent domain issue is not the only thing to focus on if expansion plans are to be truly successful.

•   A line-up of cultural landmarks coming in the next 10 years (some are new to us).

•   Lubell gives some thumbs-up and some thumbs-down to CityCenter: it promises "sophisticated urbanity" in a "land of over-the-top kitsch," but whether it's "truly cosmopolitan, or even particularly good, is another question."

•   Kamin ventures to Racine and finds Foster's Fortaleza Hall "precisely-honed, spirit-lifting" and "marks a major and welcome departure from Wright's introverted, anti-urban architecture" (he really likes it!).

•   High hopes that Stout's Art Gallery of Alberta will "lead to more bold visions, pushing Edmonton out of its adolescence into a more sophisticated look" + He doesn't mind that some people won't like it.

•   A new children's museum in South Carolina will have lots of snap, crackle, and pop (bowl and spoon not included).

•   The 2010 Olympic Games Canada Pavilion is "the latest of a string of dowdy pavilions erected to represent Canada at international events" (and not even designed by a Canadian).

•   An in-depth look at how the landscape surrounding the Burj Khalifa came to be (on a very, very fast track).

•   Ouroussoff pays tribute to Sarkisyan, the "keeper of Moscow's architecture" and an "improbable champion of architectural causes."

•   Q&A with Bob and Denise: "You probably shouldn't be an architect unless you absolutely have to."

•   Q&A with Portman ("always famous yet never in the limelight") re: his own strategies for riding out good times and bad.

•   New deans of architecture at two Houston universities see collaboration in their future.

•   Duke University's Dive is a 3-D virtual reality theater that could be helpful to architects when dealing with controversial projects; the problem: "educating the architecture field on technology they should already be using."

•   Call for entries: 33rd Annual SMPS Marketing Communications Awards (open internationally).

•   We couldn't resist: an amazing animation of SO-IL's "Pole Dance" that will be dancing at P.S.1 this summer.


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