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Today’s News - Wednesday, February 17, 2010

•   A dressing down of starchitects who "feel able to design abominable" buildings, and "expect the rest of us to be admiring, deferential and grateful" (specifically Libeskind in Dresden and Hadid in Oxford - ouch!).

•   Ditto for Canadian architects designing "technological dinosaurs" and missing opportunities being filled by others: the "profession has marginalized itself with its passive stance."

•   A new report warns London's 2012 Olympics "may not leave its promised legacy of regeneration" (perhaps a study trip to Vancouver would help).

•   Lubell is a bit kinder than Hawthorne was to L.A. Live's new hotel/condo tower: it's overall aesthetic may not be "earth-shattering," but it's still "a major step forward for an urban project that has been sorely lacking in innovative design and urbanism."

•   An infusion of big bucks for NYC's Moynihan Station plans (remember those?), but its future is still "murky" (bless the transit advocates who are trying to stay optimistic - so are we).

•   H&deM tapped for a residential project in Beirut with hopes it will "raise the bar in terms of quality architecture and community development."

•   Baghdad names a winner in a competition to develop an area surrounding shrines in Al Kadhimiya that is "sensitive to area's historical, cultural and social character."

•   An impressive shortlist to reinvent Toronto's St. Lawrence Market North building.

•   Potential work for green designers? Ford to offer dealerships a sustainability program to help them become more energy-efficient.

•   Discovering the mystery of the tent-roofed cube house, the "most characteristic countryside building type of 20th century Hungary."

•   Glancey offers a glowing (but bitter-sweet) tribute to Eduardo Catalano: the ghost of his house in Raleigh "lives on to haunt the architectural imagination."

•   Mark your calendars: this Saturday is 20x20 Pecha Kucha Haiti fundraiser in 200+ cities around the world (check listings - some cities are doing it on different dates).

•   Szenasy challenges design competitions to get beyond awarding prizes based on pretty pictures: it's "a hopelessly outdated approach" that "does a disservice to everyone."

•   Winners all (pretty pictures included): 4th Annual Smart Environment Awards for "for intimate spaces that are not just inspirational but humane"; Travel + Leisure's Design Awards 2010 (Motel 6 among 'em!); and UPTO35 winner is a "bold scheme" for student-housing in the historic center of Athens.

•   Call for entries: UNESCO poster to celebrate "2010, International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures."

•   We couldn't resist: some really amazing 3D pavement art (part deux).


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