The world’s best buildings for 2009 were selected at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona earlier this month.  The winners are listed here.

The Met in Bangkok, Thailand won in the multifamily residential category.

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It seems that we can never get the formula quite right.  The surging sales volumes and price gains being experienced in markets across the country has some observers worried that we’re setting ourselves up for another major correction.  The story is here.

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One of the projects I was toiling away on earlier this year was a residential master plan in the US Southwest where our smallest single family home plan was to run 4,000 square feet.  The inclination of most of the people involved was that bigger is always better, so there were a preponderance of plans in the 5,000 to 11,000 square foot range.  We toured entire subdivisions of homes averaging 7,500 square feet, where six car garages with granite countertops and wet bars, family rooms with three big screen TV’s, four or five piece en suites bathrooms with every bedroom, and kitchens to rival all but the largest restaurant kitchens in size were the ‘norm’.

There are subdivisions just like this all over Southern California, Arizona, Texas and Florida.

This article in last week’s Wall Street Journal suggests there’s been a bit of a reality check, but time will tell. The article is here.

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