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Today’s News - Thursday, September 16, 2010

•   Chakrabarti minces no words re: Park51 Islamic cultural center, crumbling infrastructure, the new Arizona immigration law, failing schools, etc.: "our national ailments have shaken my belief in a Country of Cities" (a powerful piece).

•   The new Australian Design Alliance forges ahead hoping to boost Australia's productivity, sustainability, and innovation.

•   Yale School of Architecture plays catch-up in the archive-collecting game.

•   An influential Tampa architect's once lost, now found archive finds a home (now all it needs is funding to make it available to the public).

•   NTHP launches drive to raise millions for repairs to the Brick House at Johnson's Glass House compound and Mies's Farnsworth House.

•   An amusing conversation between London Design Festival's co-founder and curator of LDF's "evil twin, the first so-called Anti Design festival."

•   Winnipeg rejects an architect's "radical" design for a penthouse atop a historic building; he's resigned to the fact that it might take "hundreds of years until we no longer think of the Exchange District as a museum."

•   Newport, Rhode Island's newest hotel is "hip, cool and green."

•   Davidson on 12 winning designs for the Sukkah City about to sprout in NYC's Union Square (vote for your fave!).

•   Pugh and Scarpa have parted ways - "cordially" (so much for thier 2010 AIA Architecture Firm Award).

•   A look at Dominique Perrault's pretty amazing winning streak.

•   A young Czech architect NASA award for spacecraft design.

•   Caldwell writes "a stirring tribute" to his close friend, Elaine Kollins Sewell Jones - widow of A. Quincy Jones and a great supporter of Southern California architecture.

•   It's Christo vs. Colorado in a fight over "Over The River" - the challenge: convincing the locals.

•   Good reasons to be in Chicago, NYC, or Cincinnati next week: the National Affordable Housing Summit; the World Maker Faire @ New York Hall of Science (great Q&A re: DIY ingenuity); and the FLW Building Conservancy annual conference.

•   Call for entries: Advertisements for Architecture 2010 international competition (looks like fun - but deadline looms!).


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