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Today’s News - Monday, August 9, 2010

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of SO-IL's "Pole Dance" at MoMA/P.S.1.

•   New Orleans Index five years later: "new evidence shows that greater New Orleans is emerging as a healthier, more resilient region," but "much work lies ahead."

•   An ambitious goal to build 80 classrooms throughout Haiti by September is well underway.

•   Moore muses about Astana, Kazakhstan: "It's a city of fable or dream...Except it's not quite so magical: it's also like a battery-operated plastic toy, all whirring noises and flashing colors" (and a slide show to prove it!).

•   In the UAE, some architectural wonders are turning out to be a burden for some businesses who work inside them.

•   An Armenian architect bemoans his country's inability to build good cities - without penalties for ignoring planning rules, hotels rise where parks should flourish.

•   Kamin x 2 - both from St. Louis and its "multitude of design pleasures"; as for the CityArchRiver2015 competition: it "looms as a test of our ability to make great but humane public places out of modest means."

•   Hawthorne finds a silver lining in the bad economy: the trajectory of gentrification is usually "entirely predictable - and more than a little depressing," but Downtown L.A.'s transformation from sleepy to energized is frozen "at a particularly appealing spot."

•   An eyeful of Santa Monica Place makeover: it "swaps Gehry for airy," making it "a classy joint - at least by mall standards."

•   In Madison, WI, and Aspen, two Weese's could face the wrecking ball, but do they really deserve to die?

•   Pogrebin ponders the fate of formerly unknown Philip Johnson treasure trove of an archive - its formerly unknown owner (former partner Ahuja) hopes it will be bought en masse (aside from the goody sold to the V&A).

•   Hume on the sad state of cycling in Toronto: "bicycle policy is no policy at all," just "a hodge-podge of rules, regulations and lanes that probably make a bad situation worse."

•   Litt sees little to cheer in three "profoundly ho-hum options" of "snooze-worthy" designs for a major Cleveland bridge; bicycle lanes not included (don't expect to make a fortune selling postcards of the winner).

•   Great design for hospitals is still a hard sell, despite all the evidence that good design affects health and healing: "we still don't have any certainty that the design of hospitals is fundamentally changing in ways that respond to this knowledge."

•   Waikiki hotel owners consider harnessing deep-sea water to power air conditioning that "could substantially cut electricity costs and help the tourism industry market the resort area as a green destination."

•   The Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont continues to innovate: teaching "architects how to build might not seem revolutionary, but it was - and still is - unusual."

•   We couldn't resist: a Dutch firm has big plans for all that plastic flotsam floating around the Pacific Ocean: Recycled Island would be 3,861 square miles of sustainable living space (better than ending up in gulls' guts).



  


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