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Today’s News - Tuesday, February 16, 2010

•   Rose talks to the architects who are transforming disaster zones around the world about what's in store for Haiti.

•   Grumpy Vancouverites should be happy with their post-Olympics city.

•   Gulf countries are taking lessons from Dubai to heart, "cherry-picking the best of Dubai while avoiding the worst" - practically ensuring continued growth.

•   Architecture is of "critical importance" in the "changing social and cultural transitions now going on in the Middle East."

•   Kamin tackles suburban sprawl vs. suburban tall: the emergence of infill developments "has turned out to be anything but peaceful."

•   Hawthorne laments that L.A Live's new 54-story hotel and condo tower is "a rather deflating sign that the innovation and experimentation" L.A. residential design is know for is having "trouble making the leap to the high-rise."

•   Saffron is much more optimistic about plans to refashion an "old working-class, beer-making neighborhood in Philly "into a hipster enclave" (lots of parking, but out of sight).

•   A decade of building "a glittering web of arts institutions" designed by starchitects was supposed to transform the U.K.'s cultural landscape - so why are so many of them flops?

•   It looks like Ground Zero might be getting a Gehry after all (should we hold our breath?).

•   Rawsthorn on H&deM's "elegant, intelligent and gently humorous" color laboratory on Vitra's Weil am Rhein campus.

•   King continues to have hope for San Francisco working out the debate about the proper ratio of sunlight to shade in San Francisco's public parks: "the urban design equivalent of trying to count the number of angels on the head of a pin."

•   Montreal's Quartier des Spectacles is about to light up, proving lighting is "the latest frontier in urban planning."

•   Modernists maul a plan to park cars in front of the Albert Frey-designed Palm Springs City Hall: "Do not trade great architecture for a used car lot."

•   A call for Melbourne to stop "gutting the soul and heart" out of the interiors of historic buildings.

•   A Japanese team beats out some heavy hitters to win Zurich Airport mixed-use scheme.

•   Q&A with Libeskind re: his modern remodeling of the German military museum in Dresden and why architects need to be optimists..."It is a very challenging task to deal with tragedies that cannot be unmade."

•   Q&A with Meier re: how he came to build Douglas House in Michigan (great pix!).

•   A fascinating treatise re: 1970s film "Death Wish," architecture, and Robert Moses: it "sheds a light on architecture's peculiar connections to bad guys drop, Paul's buildings grow more vigorous."

•   Calls for entries: IDEO/DESIGN21 Living Climate Change Video Challenge; Suburbia Transformed, One Garden at a Time; and a nifty round-up of bunches more.

•   Alas, Barbie's new career won't be as an architect: "Computer Engineer (good) and News Anchor (blech)."


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