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Today’s News - Thursday, March 12, 2009

•   A call for "localities to get their acts together and collaborate," and establishment of a "Metro Innovations Network tasked with assessing, diffusing, and promoting the best and most creative regional policy integration breakthroughs."

•   An in-depth look at the difficulties of creating a building that is 100% carbon neutral.

•   London mayor's Grand Spaces project a great idea; the problem: how much can really get done with pocket change (£200,000 spread over 33 boroughs).

•   Hawthorne likes some of the refinements in design for park to link L.A.'s Music Center and City Hall, but "improvements haven't resolved the design's fundamental identity crisis."

•   A few more details re: the grand Greater Paris project.

•   Big, $2 billion plans for Hollywood Park racetrack land (racetrack not included) faces many hurdles.

•   A nay-sayer for £1billion Coventry city center redevelopment plans.

•   Hadid tapped for Elk Grove, CA, civic center - or not: a nay-sayer says Gehry would be better because he's a local (but would he "even want the gig"?).

•   Jones muses on Jerwood Foundation plan to build gallery in Hastings, U.K., but locals not thrilled; perhaps relocating to a part of the seafront that's "a wasteland of stupid ideas and wasted space" would be a better idea.

•   Kimmelman on the Neues Museum: "Berlin has one of the finest public buildings in Europe. Again" (great slide show, too).

•   Shortlist for U.S. embassy in London whittled down from nine to four (3 Prtizker winners among them).

•   Foster's Hermitage Plaza intended to 'gentrify' the area east of La Défense - Western Europe's tallest towers included.

•   AMO/OMA's Prada Transformer, "the first shape-shifting building in the world," set to open in Seoul.

•   Hawthorne ends his Frank-Gehry-turns-80-week with two discussions about the Talmud and the "emotional juice" of successful museum galleries.

•   A Corbu-hater struggles to find the humanity in his work: she doesn't succeed.

•   The Brooklyn side of the Manhattan Bridge to get a Tolle plaza.

•   Rawsthorn on how TV in the 1950s and 1960s popularized Modernism in America.


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