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Today’s News - Thursday, November 18, 2010

•   A great report from Harvard Graduate School of Design conference pulls all the pieces together re: the ongoing New Urbanism vs. Landscape Urbanism debate (while a serious discussion, it's still been such fun to follow; and - no surprise - Sorkin nails it).

•   Walters outlines the 7 biggest challenges in merging design and business: "Design graduates emerge from school without the skills necessary to thrive in the real world" and find that they're "stuck between a rock and a hard place."

•   Madrid-based IE University hopes to change that by teaming up with the U.K.'s RSA and NLA to launch what they're calling the "world's first business of architecture degree."

•   Seoul is taking its commitment to design seriously by teaming with UNESCO to open a design academy next year.

•   Taiwan's Ministry of Education also gets design fever, granting a pretty penny to NCKU to improve architectural education.

•   With its artificial islands "sinking in the mire," will Dubai get serious about its "new environmental woes that come with 'progress'"? (some say yes).

•   Chinese plans to create a city in Athlone, Ireland, are "advancing stealthily," and have been "met with delight and disbelief": "Some people's attitude is we'll believe it when we see it. It's that big" (image but sadly no mention of who planned/designed it).

•   2010 Green Building Survey released: a "whopping 77% of corporate executives...say they would find tax incentives the most beneficial among enticements for retrofitting green buildings."

•   Passive House program finally gaining momentum in U.S. by architects who "think outside the boxy." (greetings to all our friends at Greenbuild, too!)

•   A fascinating 5-part report on Japan's urban landscape, its aesthetics, and its future.

•   Glancey on final designs for London's 8 Crossrail stations by British architects and engineers "with a solid track record": they appear "to be sober, robust and calmly elegant... free from fashion or whimsy."

•   King cheers housing projects in San Francisco re-envisioning new neighborhoods.

•   Litt show us Corner's CWRU/MOCA plaza plans meant to tie neighborhoods together.

•   Finnish firm that won big at the Shanghai Expo snags new project in Helsinki.

•   Lange's Q&A with WORKac's Wood re: design, food and cities, and "rurbalization."

•   Brussat's keynote at ICA&CA's Bulfinch Awards: there are indications that Bulfinch may not have to spin in his grave forever.

•   Winnipeg picks 5 cool designs for new warming huts along the city's river trail (once the river freezes, of course).

•   Two we couldn't resist: A most amusing (fictional) conversation between Ronald the architect and Paul the anthropologist re: why the Taj Mahal is better than the Pompidou Centre + Star Wars drawings made only with type (instructions included).


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