Best (and worst) of 2008: Architecture – Los Angeles Times

LA Times takes a look at the Best and Worst Architecture

“China stood astride the architecture world this year. Its Olympic class of landmarks offered a dizzying range of styles — some sleek, some daring and some thoroughly conventional — and at least three individual buildings”

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Marketing Market Square: New plans for park account for humans, and dogs | Editorial | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle reports

“Houston can’t quite get the hang of downtown parks, though other cities have featured this bit of urban design for millennia. There’s a valiant new effort, though, to lift Market Square Park up to its potential. If it works, credit should go to the planners for asking what humans really want in an oasis.”

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Plan to regenerate coastal villages – Morpeth Herald

Morpeth Herald reports

“A £25m blueprint to regenerate four coastal villages in Castle Morpeth has finally been unveiled.
The CELL Masterplan contains a number of projects to help the communities of Cresswell, Ellington, Lynemouth and Linton thrive following years of suffering the economic and environmental impacts of the coal mining industry closures.”

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Plan for rebuilding China’s quake-hit county seat goes through expertise appraisal-Xinhua

A plan for rebuilding the county seat of Beichuan, devastated in the 8.0-magnitude May 12 earthquake, went through an expertise appraisal by China’s construction authority on Saturday.

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City of lost opportunity – Opinion – TheStar.com

Michael Warren of the Toronto Star writes an op-ed piece about Toronto – “Twenty years ago Toronto was on the cusp of becoming a world class city. Since then it has squandered that potential. Today it’s just another struggling North American city bracing for the onslaught of the worst recession in living memory.”

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