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DesignIntelligence proves every year that they are the architectural community’s greatest oxymoron with the publication of their highly suspect and highly controversial ranking of accredited undergraduate and graduate architectural programs in the country. If you have had any doubts about the credibility of DesignIntelligence’s yearly ranking of architectural programs, you are really going to love this. I received an email from a friend a couple of days ago regarding the announcement of the new 2009 Design Futures Council Fellows. I did not care at first, because I did not even know what the Design Futures Council was.

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These images are the result of a walking tour at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin resort hotel designed by Michael Graves.  Construction of this massive complex was completed in 1990 and is sited between two of Walt Disney World’s parks: Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Disney’s Hollywood Studios is inspired by the heydey of Hollywood from the 1930’s-1940’s.  The resorts are also adjacent to Disney’s BoardWalk Resort which is reminiscent of Coney Island circa 1890’s-1930’s.    Although Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened its doors on May 1st of 1989, almost a year before the Swan & Dolphin. 

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