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Today’s News - Tuesday, September 20, 2011

•   Belogolovsky's Q&A with Libeskind is about much, much more than Ground Zero (though brief mention is made, of course).

•   Russell likes (most of) what he sees and hears in Safdie's Kauffman Center in Kansas City (especially the "two bulging stainless-steel onions").

•   On a sadder note, Safdie is "heartbroken" that his other Kansas City building has not only been left unfinished - it's going to be demolished (without even talking to him about adapting it to a new tenant's needs - how un-green can you get?!!?).

•   Greensburg, KS, "breaks rock" to rebuild its Big Well Museum in the shape of a tornado, patterned after the Fibonacci Sequence (great slide show).

•   A fascinating debunking of the often-coveted cul-de-sac: "we're now starting to understand about the relative advantages of going back to the way we designed communities a century ago."

•   Washington, DC, may be home to the world's first mixed-use Wal-Mart development (and a few other stores) - is this good or bad? (nice renderings - alas, no architect credited).

•   Plans are afoot to turn Scotland's "creepiest building" - a 1966 "masterpiece of radical architecture" (and practically destroyed by vandalism) into a new arts college.

•   As Australia faces potential influx of refugees from island nations swept over by rising seas, architects envision "radical plans to settle entire nations on floating cities and artificial islands."

•   Hawthorne's fall architecture preview: the "architecture world will whipsaw between past and present."

•   Architecture for Humanity acquires Worldchanging, which will "merge with the Open Architecture Network to develop a robust center for applied innovation and sustainable development" (two TED Prize purses help).

•   Gang gets 2011 MacArthur Fellowship: the $500,000 "can underwrite research that's not funded by clients."

•   MIPIM Asia Awards 2011 recognize 29 winners (multiple kudos to KPF).

•   Daily reports from Cersaie 2011 International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile start today (for those of us not in Bologna).

•   The Irish Architecture Foundation is set to launch six architecture symposia across the U.S.

•   Call for entries: International Biennial Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment + Zagreb Society of Architects/Think Space's "Moral Borders: Imperfect Duty" + 2012 Berkeley Prize International Student Essay Competition: Architecture for the Public Good + Paris Market Lab Student Competition for a new restaurant concept.


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