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Today’s News - Friday, April 3, 2009

•   Can China be green by 2020? It's just might - if there is political will.

•   A "Shiny Greenish-Gold" rating for China's first "green-colored suburb city" (literally: lots of green paint and roads made from recycled U.S. currency, for starters); but experts are concerned (from pix, we are, too).

•   Hume cheers that public transit is back on the agenda, but fears that "NIMBY hordes are surely bracing for battle."

•   Pearman lunches with Diller Scofidio + Renfro: "rebels with a cause."

•   Ouroussoff and Russell on NYC's two new stadiums: architecturally, a home run here and there, but no grand slams.

•   Hawthorne on Gehry's Eisenhower memorial win, competitions, harder times for younger firms: a pity we won't get to see the other finalists' proposals when "there is still a good deal for the profession...to learn from competition entries that nearly won the day."

•   Sparks might fly when Zaha, Fuksas, and Jencks cross swords at Barbican next week.

•   Want your own Turnbull-designed Sea Ranch cottage? Yours for $1,500 online (a good thing?).

•   A Japanese steel factory diversifies to survive the downturn: it's now growing lettuce (the edible kind).

•   Weekend diversions: "Las Vegas Studio": Venturi and Scott Brown's archives offer "a glimpse behind the curtain of a significant moment in architectural history."

•   Another take on Corbu tome: "the man depicted in these pages exhibits few of the humane qualities" suggested by a vision of "an architecture that would celebrate color and nature."

•   "Designing the Seaside" is a "fine celebration of a very English invention" (saucy postcards included).

•   "One Square Inch of Silence" looks at how we're killing a national treasure.

•   Film: "Bridging Waters: Creating a Peace Park on the River Jordan" documents Yale students' adventure on the Israeli-Jordanian border working with Jordanian and Palestinian architects and Israeli students.

•   An eyeful of Nouvle's "extreme" exhibition design in Milan.

•   In Boston, architect-artist Downsbrough's "playful and witty exhibit....uses lines and words to explode his viewers' assumptions about space and language."

•   A Bauhaus B&B: "if minimalism is your thing, it's a great place to stay" (and "amazingly cheap").



  


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