Gehry Out of WTC Arts Center: The New York Times reports that Frank Gehry, FAIA, will not be designing the Performing Arts Center at Ground Zero. Gehry was the original architect for the project, and imagined a structure "like boxes piled atop one another." The new architecture team isn't yet released, but it will be one of three finalists. [The New York Times]
ICYMI: The U.S. economy added 204,000 jobs from July to August, according to today's employment report released by ADP and Moody's Analytics. [ARCHITECT]
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A new hotel in Redwood City, Calif., is scheduled to break ground this year. Designed by Architectural Dimensions in Oakland, Calif., the hotel is the first to be built in the city since the dot-com bust, and could serve Silicon Valley tech companies. [San Francisco Business Times]
A company hired to restore an ancient Egyptian pyramid may actually be harming it. [Gizmodo]
Washington, D.C., alleys are becoming "repositories of communal whimsy." [The Washington Post]
Philadelphia's Dilworth Park is being inaugurated today. [Next City]
The AIA New York Chapter Committee on the Environment launched their "Proof + Beauty" awards. Entries are due by Nov. 10. [AIANY]
In the foodie town of San Francisco, offering tax incentives for converting empty land into urban farms sounds great on the surface. But the policy ignores the fact that where there is an urban farm, there is not housing. And the city's rents are already high. [The Atlantic]
Tonight San Francisco's Exploratorium museum is hosting "After Dark: Civic Hacks." [Exploratorium]
Also in San Francisco today, five design teams are presenting their ideas for how to remake the city's Presidio. [New Presidio Parklands Project]
A new exhibition pulls from the Woodlawn Cemetery archive, which was given to Columbia University's Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library in 2006. [Columbia University]
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