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Today’s News - Monday, August 2, 2010

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Snøhetta's National 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the WTC site.

•   Davidson delves deep into the complexities and politics of renovating the "decaying time machine" that is the U.N. HQ ("even the research for this article ran afoul of U.N. procedures").

•   Plans for Iran's new London embassy include a "contemporary structure with emphasis on culture" - but some locals and preservationists think otherwise ("catastrophic" and "hideous" - oh my!).

•   What to do about it? Call on Prince Charles to save the day! (having Jenkins and the Victorian Society cry foul might help, too)

•   Meanwhile, one man has a vision of restoring Iraq's Garden of Eden - a marshland paradise destroyed by Hussein.

•   Architects in India band together for the Delhi Nullahs revitalization project, "a blueprint for how Indian cities can put their canals and drains to use rather than cementing them over."

•   Walker on revitalizing L.A.'s "little cement chute" (a.k.a. Los Angeles River): "there's great hope for everything from sustainably managing seasonal floods in urban areas to "daylighting" buried creeks" everywhere + Call for entries: Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor & Green District Open Ideas Competition is a chance to come up with your own solutions (registration deadline looms!).

•   Szenasy's Q&A with the organizers of the CoolClimate Art Contest who believe that artists and designers can help mobilize us to push for policy initiatives to combat climate change.

•   Could a mile-long market under Harlem tracks be "a potential High Line North"?

•   A barn-raising of sorts for New York State's first Passive House (not without complications, of course).

•   Muchnic on the The Israel Museum expansion: "the primary challenges were to moderate Jerusalem's intense, crisp light and restore the original sense of intimacy between the buildings and the landscape."

•   Bernstein on the light and glass master Carpenter turned architect (and you thought he only did art?).

•   Saffron on the uncertain future of Philly's old Family Court building: some see an "exciting, glamorous hotel," but developers aren't so sure - "big old buildings are hard to reuse."

•   Architecture for Humanity x 2: Sinclair on Cambodia and working in Asia: Cambodia has "yet to be spoilt by poorly built 'Westernized' block construction." + Rawsthorn tracks down AfH's "nomadic" humanitarian architect Corum.

•   U.K.'s Benoy hits it big in Bangalore and Mumbai.

•   An eyeful of the 52nd AIA Honolulu Design Awards winners.


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