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Today’s News - Monday, February 22, 2010

•   ArcSpace brings us an eyeful of GRAFT's Hotel Q in Berlin (more than just linens are folded).

•   Kamin takes a hard look at the stimulus package, one year later: "too much quick fix; too little long-term infrastructure" - it's time to start thinking about infrastructure in more than one dimension.

•   Hume on NIMBYists and infrastructure: "successful cities will be those that figure out how to make the infrastructure part of the urban fabric" (making it beautiful would also help).

•   It looks like a no-go (at any budget or with any design) for turning Auckland's Queens Wharf into "party central" for the Rugby World Cup.

•   Can construction workers survive the recession? (some unusual survival strategies)

•   The most important issue facing the future of green building is "performance slippage": life-cycle assessment (LCA) will be key.

•   Ouroussoff cheers Maltzan's commitment to help uplift the poor with two projects that "are remarkable for their architectural sophistication and their spirit of public service."

•   L.A.'s "infamous" Jordan Downs public housing complex in Watts has a new master plan.

•   Campbell cheers the Brits as the only people who take architectural criticism to an extreme and actually demolish eyesores: "I'd like to see that kind of passion here."

•   Moore is "mesmerized" by SANAA's Rolex Learning Center: the "spectacular, otherwordly" building is "a playground, a hippie utopia adapted for future masters of a technological universe."

•   On the other hand, while Yale's new School of Management will most likely be approved, "the design is disappointingly unoriginal" and an "outsized monument to Foster + Partners" (ouch!).

•   Not all are pleased with plans for "a multi-million pound makeover to "smarten up scruffy parts of east London" in time for the 2012 Olympics; two teams win High Street 2012 competition.

•   Hawthorne cheers Field Operations' win of Santa Monica park project: "This qualifies as very good news for fans of ambitious landscape architecture."

•   Ottawa narrows it down to five impressive teams competing for Lansdowne Park redesign.

•   An in-depth profile of the Lords who have come to lord over planning cultural projects worldwide.

•   An eyeful of Rockwell's second stage for Oscar night - there's sure to be "plenty of bling."

•   An eyeful of Winnipeg's (wacky and/or wonderful) winter warming sheds along the longest skating trail in the world.

•   An impressive list of 2010 Building Awards nominees.

•   Call for entries: 2010 Genuine Design Scholarship: create a short Public Service Announcement re: genuine design and the problem of knock-offs; "Safe Trestles": design a train track crossing that makes it safe for surfers and the environment; Call for presentations: IALD Enlighten Americas 2010 conference.


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