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Today’s News - Wednesday, December 10, 2008

•   Sim Van der Ryn says it's time we start getting serious about sustainability with "an integrated approach that addresses how to change the architecture of culture."

•   Environmental measures of "sustainability" need to include a bigger picture.

•   AIA Home Design Trends Survey: good news for urban infill; bad news economically.

•   U.K. study says council estates crumbling into broken ghettos, and the public sector spawns 'Soviet' towns (oh joy).

•   NYC's public housing system is "dramatically different from troubled public housing" in other cities.

•   Chicago should take a lesson from London, where arts institutions include hip gathering places.

•   A call for "brave ideas and inspiring buildings": Why are we so short of the architects and ideas to build the environments that are supposed to inspire our children to learn?

•   Huxtable sets the record straight re: Stone vs. Cloepfil: "reviews have set some kind of record for irresponsible over-the-top building-bashing" - it's "it is time to look at the facts and close the books on 2 Columbus Circle."

•   A Rubik's Cube for Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art (or is it just a box?).

•   Dyckhoff says forget trophy architecture: "it's time for simplicity, championed by the Emerging Architects Awards."

•   Glancey on the shortlist for the '09 Brit Insurance design awards: Can a wheelchair really compete with a train station?

•   Filler muses about why architects like to talk so much.

•   Alsop and Schwartz debate: he questioned the role of landscape architecture in the development of public spaces; she couldn't resist a response.

•   Kamin is first out of the box with review of year's best in architecture (others sure to follow).

•   Rudolph's reputation deserves its own upgrade (from Bob and Barbara Hillier's intriguing new mag).

•   World Socialist Web Site honors Utzon, and reprints its '98 review, "How government policy imperiled an architectural masterpiece."

•   Bunches of calls for entries to keep you busy over the holidays: '09 Great Places Awards (formerly EDRA/Places Awards). - Chicago Athenaeum '09 American Architecture Awards. - '09 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. - H.H. Richardson Woburn Library expansion ideas competition. - Illumination of the Gesù Façade (Montréal) open ideas competition.


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