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Today’s News - Friday, February 5, 2010

•   An in-depth look at New Songdo City and plans to standardize many elements in other high-tech, green, built-from-scratch cities (Cisco has 9 green cities on the boards; 20 more could follow), but is it really the way to go?

•   Once-shunned Marrakech has transformed itself into a luxury hot spot, but not all of the effects have been positive (does it really need 15 golf courses?).

•   .Aberdeen could one day sport a Guggenheim Scotland, but is it such a good idea: there's a "vital difference between the Guggenheim effect and the Bilbao effect."

•   Dublin's Tara Street Station redevelopment, including a landmark office development, gets the go-ahead.

•   The NYC Active Design Guidelines offers user-friendly common sense ideas to engineer physical activity back into the city (hopefully, other cities will take advantage as well).

•   Top sustainability trends: will the next 10 years be "the turning point for addressing climate change by using effective urban management strategies," or seen the' time when we collectively fumbled the Big Blue Ball."

•   RMJM tapped for an indoor ski centre in Vladivostok that will rival facilities in Dubai.

•   Beijing's Water Cube slated to be a water park and large-scale entertainment destination "reportedly being designed by a yet-to-be-named Canadian firm."

•   Moscow's mayor calling out the wrecking balls once again

•   this time an artists' colony that is one of the city's "last green enclaves" (even Corbu had a house there).

•   It's pastor vs. preservationists in plans for a landmarked church in Manhattan.

•   Plans to demolish an International Style church in Salem, MA, to make room for an apartment building hit a road block.

•   Saffron cheers NYC's urbanSHED competition to redesign sidewalk sheds, but "it's likely to take some persuasion" to get installers to use it.

•   This year's Times Square valentine to the city will melt your heart.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Ouroussoff cheers four films as "an unusually earnest, and long overdue, effort to explore a fascinating question: What is it like to live or work inside a piece of art?"

•   Architects' notebooks are the center of attention at Montreal's CCA and Belfast's PLACE gallery.

•   King finds Gibbs' drawings commissioned for SFMOMA's 75th anniversary "remind us that big cities are far more flexible than we think...a procession of impressions, legible and elusive at once."

•   Heathcote finds four design books that "do something to fill the gap of serious criticism," but some are better than others ("jargon-packed and excruciating" - ouch!).

•   Brussat says "The Future of the Past" proves that "today's preservation ethic is destructive."

•   An ex-Heatherwick employee's project highlights positive side of job losses.



  


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