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Today’s News - Monday, March 2, 2009

•   ArcSpace splashes into Saucier + Perrotte's urban spa in Vieux-Montréal, and offers an eyeful from the pages of "Limited Edition: Prototypes, One-Offs and Design Art Furniture."

•   Weinstein offers a riposte to Risen's ode to Ada Louise (posted last week).

•   "Sydney is vacuous and superficial. Melbourne is cultural and refined" - or maybe not.

•   Heathcote heaps high praise on Chipperfield's Neues Museum make-over, done with "skill, intelligence and delicacy" to become "one of the finest, most poetic and most visceral museums in the world."

•   King considers Fisher's revised Presidio museum plans; it might not please everyone, but it is "a compromise that might actually bear fruit."

•   Goldberger on the centennial of Burnham's Chicago Plan: it "remains the most effective example of large-scale urban planning America has ever seen" (though Jacobs and Mumford might not agree).

•   Bangalore's historical prison now Freedom Park in a "magnificent make-over" free from the "monotony of concrete landscape, polluting environment, and stereotype museum architecture."

•   Revisiting some of British Columbia's First Nations ground-breaking schools 10 and 20 years later: What grows there now? (great slide show, too).

•   In the U.K., zero-carbon schools could save £165m in energy bills.

•   Hawthorne spends some quality time with Gehry (on his 80th birthday) to discuss his accomplished past and uncertain future: "if there's frugality, I'm ready. I'll do corrugated again."

•   The doctor heading Gehry-designed Lou Ruvo Brain Institute in Las Vegas does an about-face in his attitude towards the symbolic power of architecture.

•   McDonough fans in The Netherlands plea for change in his attitude re: Cradle-to-Cradle."

•   Junked cars morph into green prefab houses (for as little as $95/square foot!). (How could we resist: "24" to be the first "carbon neutral" television series - cheers for "green" car crashes?)

•   More on Koshalek's journey from Pasadena to D.C.

•   NYT salutes Sverre Fehn.

•   British Poet Laureate salutes RIBA's 175th anniversary with poem "Frozen Music" (we love the last stanza).


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