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Today’s News - Tuesday, March 10, 2009

•   Is "well-designed green architecture" an oxymoron? Why green architecture is like Ford's Edsel: "It looks like the future, but it doesn't look good."

•   Architects and clients weigh the pro's and con's of LEED.

•   European starchitects envision a green future for Paris.

•   King revisits California Tomorrow's archives from the 1960s-1980s: a "chance to reflect on what has - and hasn't - changed" (growth issues remain the same).

•   A healthy summarization of Krieger and Saunders' "Urban Design," a new book that tackles the key issues in contemporary urban design.

•   What's in store for OMA's fire-damaged Mandarin Oriental in Beijing: could it be rebuilt - some say yes; would anybody stay there - some say no (pix are almost painful).

•   Time running out for Hanoi's Old Quarter (talk about red tape and Catch 22's!).

•   Saffron on Philadelphia's "oldest established permanent floating slots game": perhaps a landmarked building "offers a new set of possibilities for the city" (secrecy aside).

•   Kamin gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Lagrange's "lively but not gaudy" casino that gets "both the basics and the spectacle right."

•   Rochon applauds the "cinematic architecture" of Saucier + Perrotte's Les Bains Vieux-Montréal.

•   Five tries is a charm: Apple finally wins approval for new store in historic Georgetown: the story through pictures.

•   Ian Simpson wins National Wildflower Centre with a "powerful Fibonacci generated spiral solution."

•   A young Minneapolis architect finds meaning - and frustration - in New Orleans.

•   Bayley finds Corbu's cabanon "far from being a sinister and soul-less machine à habiter"; and Glancey offers a video tour.

•   Emerging Voices 2009: 8 young firms from around the world step up an important rung on the ladder of architectural prestige.

•   We couldn't resist: FLW's Fawcett House up for sale (even if you don't have $2.7 million, the slide show is worth the trip).


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