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Today’s News - Monday, March 1, 2010

•   ArcSpace brings us Holl's latest China win, and Anmahian Winton's new boathouse on the Charles River in Cambridge, MA.

•   The Philippine's leading urban planner and architect issues (another) report re: redesigning Metro Manila to lessen the impact of future disasters - and hopes it won't be archived (again).

•   Indonesia mulls new capital as Jakarta sinks, but "few planning experts are holding their breath...The launch of the 2030 plan hardly filled anyone with confidence."

•   Duany refines his Haitian Cabin design; now it's just a question of how to get them built.

•   What Vancouver has that Boston doesn't: "They understand the economic and place-making value of density" that is "incentivized rather than feared."

•   Bayley says "Architecture is more important than can rebuild a city - in spite of the politicians...Good design shouldn't have to cost more than bad design" ("has he gone mad?").

•   The quest for Filipino architecture: the "character that distinguishes our architecture is still in progress, the same way that a young child is still growing into his adult form."

•   Betsky on architecture's "bunkering down": he eagerly awaits "the emergence of small gifts that will remind us where we are and open new spaces on our shrunken horizons. I have not seen them yet."

•   Qatar's Musheireb development hopes to combine "the aesthetic of yesterday with the environmental-friendly and sustainable know-how of tomorrow"; its architect proposes "less reliance on air conditioning and cars through traditional design and materials."

•   A shape-shifting building would adjust its size according to how much energy is being used, but raises "budding concerns about nanny design and practical authoritarianism...Others see the progress as liberating."

•   The USGBC's Top 10 Lists of Green Building Bills (we're pleased there are at least 10 given our contentious Congress!).

•   Preservation Magazine dedicates an entire issue to "Old is the New Green" (includes great Kamin commentary).

•   Malaysia's George Town could lose World Heritage status if heritage building owners continue to renovate without adhering to restoration guidelines.

•   Lewis tackles the delicate balance of historic preservation and pressure to grow and change in the 'burbs.

•   Kennicott cheers the restoration of a "small, insignificant little station, where no history of any particular importance was made" - but "preserves the architecture of segregation" - lest we forget.

•   Chandigarh struggling to rescue its Corbu legacy from Paris auction, and "looking for a glitch in the sale so that it can sue."

•   Architecture and Design Scotland gives general praise to Trump's £1billion golf resort, but not for the hotel design: it "should reflect Scotland as a modern and vibrant nation, rather than try to recreate historical pastiche."

•   Failures in Montreal's new Grande Bibliothèque offer a lesson in how not to play the blame game: the main players "collaborated to resolve the problem and didn't just blame each other."

•   Glancey has a most amusing conversation with RIBA Gold Medal winner, the "Pei master": modern architecture needs to be "part of an evolutionary, not a revolutionary, process"; re: Niemeyer: "Wow! Perhaps I'm not so ancient after all" (a great read!).

•   We couldn't resist: an eyeful of hilarious/scary ideas to re-engineer the hot dog so it is no longer "a perfect plug for a child's airway."


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