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Today’s News - Wednesday, April 22, 2009

•   A model shrinking city: Flint, Michigan, takes drastic measures to survive (it just might work, too).

•   In Greensburg, Kansas, the first results of its eco-experiment are tangible.

•   A look at 20 projects caught in the "new real estate Ice Age."

•   Rochon x 2: she cheers Shops at Don Mills, "Canada's first serious shot at the urban village...that rejects the kitsch mock-ups of yesteryear"; and delights in Doug Coupland's public art projects, including Don Mills clock tower.

•   In São Paulo, a new building is "a living, breathing organism whose green skin continues to grow."

•   A generous gift gets Israel Museum's renovation under way.

•   A call for Cornell's architecture program to get serious about cross-disciplinary study or it could lose its edge.

•   Will the down market make young architects flee the profession?

•   Ever the optimist, Libeskind says that in "such glum times, businesses really need to supply 'wows' to draw customers."

•   On the other hand, Koolhaas sees economic woes blunting excess; but then again, his Transformer project for Prada tells a different story (lots of pix - you decide).

•   An eyeful of AIA Housing Award winners.

•   The shortlist for RIAI Silver Medal for housing design brims with socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable projects.

•   Rochon gives a thumbs-up to a Calgary architect who's educating the public "in all that's wrong with cookie-cutter, super-sized homes."

•   Calls for entries: 2009 Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art and Architecture; and an acoustical interior for RTV Slovenia Studio S26.

•   We couldn't resist: why the Empire State Building will light up green tomorrow. Why? 25th anniversary of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (inspired by NYC infrastructure).

•   Happy Earth Day!


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