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Today’s News - Thursday, February 24, 2011

•   Good news for the Solar Decathlon: it will be presented on the National Mall (well...sort of).

•   Prasad says "there's a fight on" re: U.K. architects and standardized school design.

•   Obesity and Active Design: "We need a public health strategy beyond finger wagging, and the solution just might be design."

•   Kamin cheers the "design doctoring" of fortress-like housing towers in Chicago and hopes the trend spreads.

•   A Philly suburb isn't sure what to do with a soon-to-be vacated naval base that "will leave an 892-acre hole in the heart" of the community: "like a group of covetous relatives, area residents, developers and governments are salivating over how best to use their unusual bequest."

•   Litt on a Cleveland community rallying "to resolve longstanding conflicts among traditional industries and new land uses."

•   Q&A with Passivhaus Institut's Feist re: the fundamentals of the stringent Passive House standard, which is slowly making its way to the U.S.

•   Groves reports on the sad demise of Beverly Hills' Friars Club that signifies "the continued erosion of the region's legacy of 1960s architecture and underscores the need for stronger local preservation measures."

•   Greater Boston area has a great number of mid-century Modern homes at risk of being torn down.

•   LaBarre cheers 3XN's winning design for Swedbank HQ in Stockholm: the "light-filled confection" is "a lot more like a glowy art museum than a stodgy old bank."

•   A Mumbai-based firm wins over "stiff competition" to design India's National Tax Headquarters (indications there's an image, but we couldn't find it).

•   Thackara's thoughts on India's decision to set up four new National Institutes of Design and the "lively debate about the kinds of design they should teach."

•   University of Saskatchewan is getting closer to getting an architecture school in Saskatoon that "would be a powerful catalyst for cultural and urban transformation" (and help keep talent close to home).

•   We couldn't resist: an amazing photo essay showing the "then and now" of urban skylines around the world (truly amazing - some scary, some inspiring).

•   Call for entries: 2011 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition + Stop the Paper Towels Competition.


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