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Today’s News - Thursday, February 17, 2011

•   Chakrabarti's A Country of Cities series continues with a fascinating examination of how the protests Egypt and elsewhere "remind us that urban spaces can drive us towards a changed, perhaps unstable, but in the end better world."

•   Lange and Gutman make the case for why planning for children would make cities better places for everyone else, too.

•   Nussbaum reports from the Dream:In conference in India: "I've been to hundreds of design conferences, but nothing like this. This is different" (we'd like to be there!).

•   Proposed U.S. budget cuts deliver "a painful blow to preservationists" (with a few bright spots remaining).

•   LaBarre on the high hopes held for SHoP's Botswana Innovation Hub: "Will it work? ...or just end up a white elephant...Just because a building looks nice and feels nice and is nice to the environment doesn't mean companies will pick up and move there."

•   U.K.'s Crab Studio teams with Australian Gold Medalist Brit Andresen and scores design of Queensland's Bond University's Soheil Abedian School of Architecture (great pix).

•   Lui takes an in-depth look at the University of Chicago's efforts to not be the 800-pound gorilla in the neighborhood (not all are convinced).

•   Cheers for TEN Arquitectos' Chopo Museum in Mexico City (even though it "bears the scars" of some painful value-engineering).

•   Snøhetta tapped to design Aberdeen Maggie's Centre (still to be confirmed).

•   MoMA/P.S.1 2011 Young Architects Program and inaugural YAP_MAXXI winners hail from Brooklyn and Rome.

•   California State University, Long Beach chooses team to come up with "a comprehensive approach to make the campus look even more cohesive."

•   An eyeful of the Total Housing Competition winning design, the Stairscraper (that might become a reality in Abu Dhabi - where else?).

•   Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products makes its debut.

•   RIBA accredits the City School of Architecture Sri Lanka.

•   Universities score archives: Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood's to MIT Museum, and Douglas Cardinal's (post '84) to Carleton University.

•   The ever-expanding Palm Springs Modernism Week kicks off today.

•   Call for entries/nominations: 2012 World Monuments Watch.


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