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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

•   One on One: Kengo Kuma takes the spotlight in the first in a new ArchNewsNow series of interviews by architect, writer, and curator Vladimir Belogolovsky.

•   Kuma is awed by Istanbul's style and old Turkish architecture.

•   Russell returns with a retake on his take of Zumthor's Pritzker: "I would have liked instead someone whose work speaks to the extraordinary challenges of our time."

•   Pawson, Williams, Cloepfil, and Bergdoll chime in with their takes on this year's Prtizker pick.

•   AJ's Q&A with the master (just prior to the Pritzker Prize announcement): "It is a legend that I am slow; I'm just honest!"

•   Study claims Toronto is becoming a bedroom community for the burgeoning 'burbs.

•   Hume begs to differ: "The point isn't that Toronto's about to become a suburb, but that the suburbs are becoming cities."

•   Viet Nam lays out long-term plans for a network of urban regions (historic preservation promised).

•   Viñoly and EYP tapped for two Boston projects bearing the moniker Kennedy.

•   Meanwhile, Viñoly's "take 2" for London's £4 billion Battersea Power Station ditches the "eco-chimney" (but still carbon-neutral); receives "a cautious welcome."

•   Big plans for Aspen's Wheeler Opera House; not all are convinced.

•   A decade of campus building boom followed by a recession and spike in energy prices has colleges making some tough choices.

•   Zaha dissed for more than skipping Barbican debate ("Hardly anyone noticed that Fuksas hadn't turned up either").

•   A slide show of the 7 best green skyscrapers from around the world (not discussed: how many of 5 will actually be built?).

•   AIA/COTE 2009 Top Ten Green Projects announced (excellent info & pix, too).

•   Call for papers: Society of Architectural Historians 63rd Annual Meeting in Chicago in 2010.

•   Call for entries: design a hole for a miniature golf course in Brooklyn to open this summer.



  


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