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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 28, 2009

EDITOR'S NOTE: Early morning travel plans tomorrow, so there will be no newsletter - heading to San Fran for AIA conference...we may - or may not - be able to post news the rest of this week. But we'll definitely be back Monday, May 4.

•   Shipping containers stylishly stacked for an apartment complex near a Salt Lake City commuter rail station (very TOD).

•   National Trust for Historic Preservation names its 2009 roster of America's most endangered historic places (Modernism included).

•   This should add ammunition to Los Angeles Conservancy's battle to save the Century Plaza Hotel.

•   Hume hopes NYC's transportation commissioner's pedestrian point of view will inspire Toronto to value the public realm more than it does.

•   In St. Louis, a call "to look at the same kind of independent, open process that yielded Saarinen's masterpiece" to see how the city should move forward with the Arch grounds' next phase.

•   In L.A., revised design for Grand Avenue's Civic Park "adds more softscape to a project whose earlier iteration had been criticized for preserving too much paving" (now all it needs is the money).

•   Developer denies Viñoly being sidelined on Battersea Power Station plans.

•   CABE trounces London 2012 Olympics media center: "awkward and unresolved" and "extraordinary banality" (ouch!).

•   King welcomes AIA conventioneers to his city with "7 misconceptions to toss into the recycling bin" (no, San Franciscans don't hate everything new; and no, big-name outsiders don't have all the fun).

•   Q&A with Saunders re: "Urban Design" and his take on the complex issues presented in the book.

•   Iovine interviews Polshek re: his recession tales, survival, and success.

•   The "cunning and humanistic architect" behind Turkey's Building Information Center/YEM, and his hope that urban planning is gaining importance.

•   "Shrinking Cities: Growing Communities": ACD's 2009 Annual Conference coming up.

•   Heathcote gives a hearty thumbs-up to Sorkin's "delightful" new book: "Quirky, erudite and occasionally frustrating...every city should have its Sorkin."

•   Cambell finds Breuer show at RISD "a rich education in 50 years of modern architecture and design."

•   Fluxxlab wants to organize a community of designers and inventors to bring innovative ideas to life.

•   Former U.S. Chief Architect Feiner makes a move (again).

•   Iovine's take on the Milan furniture fair: "offered derring-do design, along with a yearning for the comfortably clunky."

•   Sudjic and Hall on how the recently-deceased author JG Ballard "cast his shadow right across the arts" - including architecture.


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