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Today’s News - Friday, February 27, 2009

•   Peters reviews BIG at the DAC in Copenhagen and likes (almost) everything she sees.

•   Glancey, McCullagh, and Hecker each take on whether there's a silver lining for design in these black economic times.

•   The Bauhaus celebrates its 90th anniversary; can its legacy contribute to today's society? (terrific slide show!)

•   Grimshaw and Smith take to the roof of a Bronx water plant that will double as a 9-acre driving range: "think Pebble Beach meets the Biosphere meets Rikers."

•   Kamin on reports that Sears Tower could sport a new silver skin: "a green idea that isn't as good as gold" (it's not likely to happen anyway, but the pix is intriguing).

•   It looks like Baranes might have to go back to the drawing board for Baltimore's Mechanic Theatre tower.

•   First look at the soon-to-be-completed Museum of Liverpool (cool!).

•   Koshalek exits left coast for right coast to lead Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum.

•   Call for entries: Envisioning the Future of Jakarta International Architectural and Urban Design Competition (cash prizes; no registration fee).

•   We couldn't resist: Navy seeks home for top-secret seagoing vessels (suitable for the James Bond in you).

•   Weekend diversions: "Patterns" in architecture explored at Harvard (BIG's here, too).

•   "Laboratory of Architecture/Fernando Romero" in Pittsburgh.

•   Brit Insurance Design Awards 2009 category winners announced - and on view with the rest of the shortlist at London's Design Museum.

•   NY Botanical Garden sprouts "The Orchid Show: Brazilian Modern," a tribute to Roberto Burle Marx's modernist forms.

•   In Cebu, a week-long "mother of all festivals" will pay tribute to the Philippines' home-grown talents.

•   Page turners: "The Philip Johnson Tapes: Interviews with Robert AM Stern" is a "testament to what mouth and money can bring."

•   "Inside El Barrio" offers a surprising view of Cuban neighborhood life and "the profound community development that sustains Castro's government."

•   "Modern Americana" offers the wonders of wacky designs.

•   Boyle's "The Women" is an "entertaining and enlightening addition" to FLW literature.

•   "Where Things Are, From Near to Far": a children's book about urban planning.


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