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Today’s News - Wednesday, March 2, 2011

•   In post-quake Christchurch, architects will have to accept that people probably won't want to work in high-rise towers any more.

•   An architecture and urban planning historian offers a (most interesting) perspective on Cairo's Tahrir Square and the importance of a public space being a "critical factor leading to the success of the revolution."

•   More U.K. firms pull out of Libya + A Libyan author "accuses architects of being 'insincere' in their reaction to crisis."

•   We are saddened by the news that the Charlottesville Community Design Center has closed its doors after 7 years (with hopes it will continue at some point).

•   Kotkin on which U.S. cities are the "biggest brain magnets" (some surprises), and why others "have suffered high levels of domestic outmigration."

•   A landmarked block on Louisville's Whiskey Row faces the wrecking ball (with some hopes they might suffer only façadechtomies); the irony: demolition could take place during the National Trust for Historic Preservation's National Preservation Month.

•   King cheers Maltzan's design for S.F. State's Mashouf Performing Arts Center: "if the complex gets built...students will inhabit one of the Bay Area's most architecturally provocative landscapes."

•   An eyeful of the 7 shortlisted schemes for London's V&A extension (an eclectic mix of firms).

•   A library in Germany and London's cycle-hire program among the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2011 category winners.

•   Q&A with Heatherwick re: China's building boom, "soulless" architecture, a gigantic cockroach (and link to his own TEDTalk).

•   We couldn't resist: even if you don't have $7.5 million (a bargain, down from $15 mill) to actually buy FLW's Ennis House, the slide show is worth the trip.

•   Deadline looms: Call for entries: 3rd International Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction ($2 million in prizes).


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