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Today’s News - Tuesday, March 8, 2011

•   Fortmeyer reports on the Queensland floods: "as the rebuilding gets under way, many are questioning exactly how to move forward," but one thing is certain: "the approach to urban and regional planning will come under greater scrutiny."

•   A new initiative in Delhi is based on what people think the city should be like in 2050: "Inclusive planning is the main motto...We need to find a middle ground, keeping all the sections of population in mind."

•   More on the demise of Libya's "architecture boom" going bust.

•   Dobrzynski agrees with (almost) everything Betsky thinks is wrong with museum architecture today (with a few right moves thrown in).

•   Hume offers a "tale of two projects that highlights an obstacle in the fight to save Toronto's architectural heritage"; one major problem: "a seemingly endless approval process makes demolition a whole lot more appealing."

•   A great report on Facebook's Menlo Park charrettes: a smart strategy to persuade "teams of the Peninsula's top architects to work all day pro bono"; the result: ideas that "ranged from the prosaic to utopian."

•   Could Vancouver be host to the world's first 30-story skyscraper made almost entirely out of wood? (we'll bet the forestry industry hopes so!).

•   Curtis continues his crusade against Holl's Glasgow School of Art project with an open letter to the school (and other architects are beginning to chime in on both sides of the issue).

•   It looks like plans for a new Iranian Embassy in London bite the dust; many feel it's "a victory for the people and for common sense."

•   Australian National University turns to shipping containers to build a 6-story dorm.

•   An impressive team wins Montreal's Saint-Laurent Sports Complex design competition (worth linking to the pix).

•   A longgggg - and impressive - list of winners in the U.K.'s 2011 Civic Trust Awards (alas, no pix).


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