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Today’s News - Wednesday, February 25, 2009

•   Heathcote on the unending quest for height on the skylines of eastern Europe (by British architects for the most part): "you really do have to wonder whether the recession is not doing these cities' long-suffering citizens a bit of a favor."

•   Studies and reports appear to show that green building could be the bright spot in our dreary economy.

•   King accesses some of San Francisco's affordable housing: "What's been accomplished is heroic," and more often than not, "the best thing around."

•   Are we truly downsizing from McMansions, or is it "up to designers to recalibrate the American dream so that 'small' is a term of architectural endearment"?

•   Lifestyle changes and new technologies are redefining how we relate to landscape and heritage.

•   Heathcote says Alice Tully Hall make-over deserves applause (but still finds "something niggling about it").

•   Pearman has nothing but high praise for the High Line: "This is industrial archaeology in the service of the people. Originally prosaic, it has acquired touches of the sublime."

•   Another win for 3XN in Denmark.

•   Dundee, Scotland, has designs on becoming the next outpost for the V&A.

•   Fare-free transit should become the rule rather than the exception: it's "a planner's and politician's tool like no other."

•   Blum takes off with an incredibly in-depth look at air space congestion and what's being done to redraw the map of "the roadways in the sky."

•   Q&A with Mexican landscape architect Mario Schjetnan about his work on the Chapultepec Park and environmental justice in Mexico City.

•   Parsons students take on a Bronx rooftop, turning it into a garden and outdoor kitchen for young adults transitioning out of foster care.

•   Call for entries: Green Roof Awards of Excellence in Design, Research, and Policy Development.

•   A touching tribute to Marvin Rand by Lawrence Scarpa.


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