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Today’s News - Wednesday, February 3, 2010

•   Officials and scientists debate whether Haiti's capital should relocate to a safer spot: "We cannot invest a cent in Port-au-Prince; it would be a waste of money...We can't afford to lose everything once again."

•   Environmentalists fear an ecological disaster if a planned luxury resort in the middle of a nature reserve near Russia's Sochi (think 2014 Winter Olympics) moves forward.

•   An eyeful of NYC/UK team's design for pop star Madonna's Academy for Girls in Malawi.

•   The much-beleaguered Javits Federal Building plaza in NYC to get a post-Serra-post-Martha Schwartz makeover by Van Valkenburgh (hopefully, third try will be the charm).

•   20 years later, Hall and Coates review their 1990 predictions for London 2010.

•   Hadid et al. offer their predictions for London 2030.

•   Rawsthorn takes the current state of industrial design to task: Many "innovations" in design today are spurious and over-complicated. There's no excuse for this."

•   Q&A (and video) with Ron Arad re: the future of industrial design - and why copies of his products bother him, but not as much as if no one copied: "That means I'm not good enough."

•   NYC-based Shashi Caan crosses the Big Pond.

•   Good - and bad - news in three-part report on the new green economy.

•   CNU joins call to replace or seriously reform bailed-out government-backed mortgage agencies so they start lending to mixed-use building projects to help in revitalizing neighborhoods.

•   RFP: NEA in search of a new "Art Works" logo.

•   Registration deadline reminders: Atlantic City Boardwalk Holocaust Memorial; and 2010 ASLA Professional Awards.

•   Winners all: an eyeful of Russia's Building Awards (the Red House is cool); Chipperfield and Eisenman share Israel's $100,000 2010 Wolf Prize in Architecture; National Building Museum's 24th Honor Award to Perkins+Will, New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon; West 8 snags first place in the International Urban Landscape Awards; AIA New Orleans 2010 Design Awards winners illustrate Recovery & Progress.

•   Tour Chicago with Ed Keegan on you iPhone (t'would that we had one!).


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