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Today’s News - Thursday, February 18, 2010

•   Q&A with Kunstler re: how he came to write "The Long Emergency" and why he advises: "If you live in the suburbs, you could sell your house and relocate to a place that has a future."

•   McDonald chats with RIAI's new president re: an 11-point action plan for "survival, renewal and recovery," and his mantra "architecture matters."

•   Rochon visits Vancouver's Olympic Village and finds it "a serious urban accomplishment" and "a test zone of urban daring" + a few Olympic additions "that inspire and impress" (Canada Pavilion not included).

•   Brussat on the "hypocrisy of additions, old and new" (and - gasp - "a modernist triumph (yes, even I love it)."

•   Merrick marvels at SANAA's "spectacular floating" Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne: sort of like Niemeyer's architecture "on acid" - but not really; watch out, starchitects - you now have some "serious competition." + an eyeful of what it looks like.

•   Atlanta Beltline design team selected (no pix - yet).

•   In Kentucky (as elsewhere), universities have to decide between operational budgets and new construction: "It is, indeed, a Sophie's Choice."

•   Yale's Morse College by Saarinen will sport right angles so square tables (and radiators) will fit into the corners of its rooms.

•   Holl will build again at flood-damaged University of Iowa.

•   Pearman offers an amusing romp through the history of hotel typology.

•   Levete's big impact in a tight setting in London "does more than capture the passing glance - it commands attention."

•   Heatherwick's "seed cathedral," a.k.a. British Pavilion, for the 2010 Shanghai Expo intends to change Chinese view of Britain.

•   Libeskind on his unusual career path: "My life has developed in a reverse order" + his new prefab house.

•   Seattle's DKA Architecture's central tenet serves nonprofits, public agencies with its "culture of resourcefulness": it's all about making do with what you have.

•   Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies 2010: DS+R and MVRDV make the Top 50 (plus a bunch more).

•   SpecSimple's "Save A Sample!" goes national to create "another life" for design firms' unused resource library materials by donating them to local design schools.

•   Call for entries: two-stage international competition is for the design of a children's center for the Aoibhneas Women and Children's Refuge in Dublin.

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