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Today’s News - Tuesday, February 24, 2009

•   We lose a Norwegian master.

•   A terrific, in-depth analysis of (supposedly) zero-emissions Masdar City: "In theory, it should all work" (or it could turn into "just a green playground for the rich, an environmental theme park").

•   Oregon's green expertise is turning to gold in China, but how long the bloom will last?

•   Jenkins takes on London's towers policy (a.k.a. "erectile disorder") that shows "no concern for the city's dignity or beauty."

•   The mantra in Central Cape Town's regeneration: "Let's add more people" (there are skeptics).

•   Vietnam debates what a model university city should be.

•   An insightful historical look at why Australia has fallen under the spell of "climate control."

•   Blum at the brink of the New New Deal finds a series of compelling photographs that illustrate "the divide between repair and renewal, despair, and hope."

•   The stimulus package could be "an enormous opportunity to ramp up business" for those in the green building field.

•   Yale's aspiring architects face a job shortage, explore options: "Professors are very realistic about what next year will bring for us, and it's not promising."

•   MacMillan ponders who the winners will be when it comes to NEA's $50 million stimulus funds: stiff criteria could limit the pool of applicants.

•   Glancey and Moore on what SANAA's Serpentine might be like: "sculptural, peaceful and gently haunting."

•   Seattle firm designs "deferential" architecture that doesn't "bellow for attention" - but getting it all the same (it's all about "attitude").

•   Hawthorne's post-mortem of Rockwell's Oscar set: "some winning but also some jarring effects."

•   NYC's "starchitect building bubble has burst" - but it's not the first time.

•   We couldn't resist: a study that finds beauty affects men's and women's brains differently.


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