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Today’s News - Wednesday, February 23, 2011

•   Pity the British architects who might want to design schools but keep getting blasted - now they're told they're about as useful as "oxen" in the age of tractors (so, hey, just get real is basically the message).

•   Bombay High Court gets serious about going after "erring builders, architects" - Council of Architecture members better "be careful."

•   A Brooklyn neighborhood offers a cautionary tale about affordable housing, gentrification, and well-oiled public relations machines.

•   Meanwhile, a Queens recycling facility and a Manhattan salt shed are "throwbacks to the quality that used to more regularly accompany industrial architecture" in NYC.

•   Hume wants to figure out some way of bringing BIG to Toronto, perhaps a waste-to-energy plant that's actually "fun."

•   Some advice when visiting Safdie's ArtScience Museum in Singapore: "instead of zipping through to the exhibitions, stop, stand back and admire the architecture of the museum itself, for it is a sight to behold."

•   De Monchaux cheers Leeser's Museum of the Moving Image that "integrates itself with a surprising combination of swagger and subtlety into an existing architecture."

•   London's 2012 Olympics velodrome (a.k.a. the Pringle) is "magnificent" - it's "classical simplicity and beauty both inside and out. You could spend a lifetime trying to design it better and fail miserably."

•   LaBarre finds a minimalist funeral home in Spain that is anything but depressing.

•   Shipping containers as a new housing trend (a.k.a. "cargotecture") is "being fueled partly by sustainability but mostly by sassy artistic sensibility."

•   Tischler is in awe (and so are we!) of Dror's folding concrete block that "could change how we build."

•   White is impressed with really, really tall buildings that are "beautiful, world-class structures" as envisioned by University of Calgary students.

•   Eyefuls of (some stunning) winners in the AIAS/Kawneer Schools of Tomorrow Student Design Competition; Ball State University student takes 1st Place + Ball State and AIAS get behind aiding Haiti with R&D work and the design investigations focused on concrete blocks (advice to students: check out Dror item above).

•   Call for entries: The Air We Breathe; The Chicago Clean Air Design Challenge.


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