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Today’s News - Friday, March 20, 2009

•   Good news (hopefully): "serious interest in a smarter coordinated approach to housing, transportation and economic policy is surging within both the Obama Administration and Congress" (many useful/interesting links).

•   The bad news: a report on how the economic crisis has architects hurting around the world. - Brisbane is feeling the pinch. - The number of British architects putting in for unemployment benefits has risen an astounding 760% (yikes!).

•   Gehry's Beekman Tower in Manhattan might be cut off at the proverbial knees (shades of Foster's Las Vegas adventure?).

•   Saffron is happy to see "the last of Philadelphia's resistance to glass" is "reflected in the sheen of its skyline" (now if they could only get the street level right).

•   Heathcote visits Tully Hall likes what he sees - for the most part: it's "a vast improvement on what was there but it is not perfect."

•   SHoP's Pier 15 plan gets a thumbs-up from NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (continuing hurdle: Pier 17).

•   Call for entries: create a new architectural icon at Glasgow School of Art (starchitects welcome!).

•   Weekend diversions: "Architect Sverre Fehn" at Stockholm's Arkitekturmuseet is "like an alchemist's feat."

•   Kamin cheers Bucky's arrival in Chicago, tailored to Illinois.

•   "Patterns of Speculation: J. Mayer H." in San Francisco shows "the already tenuous line between fine art and architecture that much closer to the side of art."

•   Q&A with the man himself: Is architecture art? "Only when I'm asked these questions do I think about it. Personally, I don't really care."

•   Two takes on "Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes" in Washington, DC (both intriguing).

•   Book review: "Big Box Reuse" by Julia Christensen: "What do you do with an abandoned superstore? The answers are fascinating, but also a little gloomy."

•   Two takes on "Objectified": the film "has plenty of moments that will resonate with design wonks."

•   We couldn't resist: some Trekkies take Captain Kirk's chair very, very seriously. - UFOs photographed over London (we kid you not). Happy first day of Spring!



  


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