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Today’s News - Tuesday, October 5, 2010

•   Q&A with Kamin re: architecture in the post-9/11 world and how it's changed the way we interact with those buildings (and his new book, "Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age" - we read the galleys and it's terrific!).

•   Bey sees the potential of "a good piece of architecture" for the Park51 Islamic cultural center: "we should seriously ask if the architecture and design...jibes with what its foes have been telling us - incessantly - about its purpose."

•   Culvahouse assesses the progress of Make It Right's work in New Orleans: "the projects are interesting to look at," but "the houses reveal a raft of unrealized opportunities."

•   Rebuilding a sustainable Haiti - in three parts.

•   Speck offers a vision for a more livable, vibrant downtown Lowell, MA. (and the town likes it).

•   Braham tackles zero-carbon/net-zero/etc. ambitions: "Is environmental design just another form of disaster-preparedness? Or can it offer a more expansive approach to ecological design?"

•   USGBC launches the Center for Green Schools "hoping to educate and connect the people and groups" - including the architects and engineers who actually get the work done.

•   Calatrava's oh-so green "Museum of Tomorrow" in Rio: "It will be a living museum and pedagogical tool," he says.

•   Q&A with Kengo Kuma re: how his "creations elevate compromise to artistry" and why his "architecture of defeat" makes him happy.

•   Campbell gives (mostly) thumbs-up to the expanded Addison Gallery in Andover, MA: "As they say in sports, two out of three ain't bad."

•   High hopes for Adjaye's affordable housing project in Harlem (a children's museum included).

•   Gelauff on designing housing for the elderly, his "groovy high-rise" for seniors, and "stealth care architecture."

•   Bronze letters ripped off FLW's Unity Temple in Oak Park: "the architect's fondness for hidden entrances might have aided the criminals."

•   AIA launches a Middle East chapter for U.S. firms now firmly established in the UAE.

•   A good reason to head to Helsinki next week: a stellar line-up for Artek's 75th Anniversary Symposium.

•   Call for entries: DawnTown 2010: A Downtown Miami Seaplane Terminal + KRob 2010: 36th Annual Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition + 2011 IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award a living landscape architect.


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