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Today’s News - Wednesday, January 5, 2011

•   Volner looks into Obama's building boom and whether it has a distinct style: "no one seems to be taking note of his diverse - and-oh-so-green - buildings program...pragmatic, discreet, efficient, innovative, forthright, and in the end - whatever its limitations - quite remarkable."

•   As Oman (slowly) hops on the LEED bandwagon, a call to establish its own green rating system (eco-friendly architecture has been a part of the nation's culture for centuries).

•   Q&A with ACANigeria president re: the invasion of foreign architecture and the rampant incidents of buildings collapse in the country.

•   An architect wonders if we're heading towards another "era of losing talented, budding architects to other industries" (not a new trend, but some new twists).

•   Libeskind reportedly to design the "starting-off point" for a planned bridge connecting mainland Italy to Sicily; needed now: a mere(!) 6.5 billion euros (we thought this project was long dead - environmentalists hope it is).

•   Part of Versailles to become luxury hotel; some consider it "a pioneering initiative" to save the building; others are not so thrilled with "handing over of a chunk of treasured public heritage to a private operator."

•   Among Chicagoans of the Year 2010: Gunny Harboe, who has helped restore some of Chicago's most iconic structures.

•   A profile of Habib Fida Ali, "Pakistan's very own Mies van der Rohe."

•   Filler at his most amusing best musing on "the name game": architectural firms and "nomenclature fads that now have reached an unprecedented degree of ridiculousness" (this had us laughing out loud - 'er - LOL).

•   A "new twist on the humble escalator": new design lets them glide round corners.

•   The 2010 AIA Architecture Firm Award winner goes through a name change of its own + other worthy award winners.

•   Looming deadline reminders: 2011 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects + 2011 Architectural Record Good Design is Good Business Awards + eVolo 2011 Skyscraper Competition.

•   Call for entries: Contract 2011 INSPIRATIONS Awards recognizing social responsibility in commercial interiors.


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