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Today’s News - Thursday, March 24, 2011

•   Q&A with Paulett Taggart re: a tale of two very different public pools in California.

•   Chakrabarti pens a love letter to Japan: "we must learn to be more like them in their civility, to live as they do in their density...the ultimate Country of Cities."

•   Russell says "nuclear doomers should pipe down" and study two projects in Canada and Colorado.

•   Bernstein says "'the shock of the new' only a pleasant shock when there is old to measure it against."

•   Glancey explores a temple of technology and art in Paris: "There is something distinctly French in this marriage between the grandly historical and the audaciously modern."

•   Plans for a Russian cathedral near the Eiffel Tower sparks "fears of cold war-style espionage in the heart of Paris" (it's also rather bizarre looking).

•   King cheers a senior living center is a good example of "thoughtful urban design" (even if he's not particularly thrilled by the architecture).

•   Q&A with Shigeru Ban re: his shelters for the quake victims: "We don't need innovative ideas. We just need to build normal things that can be made easily and quickly."

•   Q&A with Berkebile re: designing sustainably for water: "every drop that falls from the sky as a precious resource."

•   Q&A with AfH "chief eternal optimist" Sinclair re: the democratization of architecture, how design is reshaping the Swat Valley, and Twitter.

•   Pedersen queries Foster re: his "his latest labor of love" - a Dymaxion car + film of the starchitect behind the wheel.

•   An eyeful of the winning design of U.K.'s Architecture Foundation's Bankside BikeShed competition.

•   Montgomery Sisam Architects receives Architecture Canada | RAIC 2011 Firm Award.

•   Australian Institute of Architects gives Gold Medal to Graeme Gunn ("part of a clutch of awards").

•   An interesting shortlist for the 2011 Mies van der Rohe Awards.

•   Solar Decathlon Europe named in Communication category by European Sustainable Energy Awards.

•   U.S. shortlist for UIA Golden Cubes International Awards celebrating K-12 architecture education programs.

•   Call for entries: AuthentiCity: The Madison Design Competition for CNU 19 host city Madison, Wisconsin + Deadline looms for National Award for Smart Growth Achievement.

•   We couldn't resist: Earth Hour 2011: 8.30pm, Saturday, March 26.


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