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Today’s News - Monday, May 4, 2009

•   Flight delays, jet lag...but we're finally back - and lots of catching up to do!

•   ArcSpace brings us lots of news from Austria and Slovenia.

•   In Poland, a call to understand the importance of architecture in branding a city and attracting investors.

•   The latest Worldwide Quality of Living Survey of the world's most liveable cities is "clean, safe and a little bit dull" (with a few surprises).

•   Rybczynski and Ouroussoff offer their (mostly positive) takes on Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup pick for the Museum of African-American History.

•   Kamin practically coos over Piano's Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing: it's a "temple of light" that "engages our eyes and our emotions - not by hitting us over the head, but with architecture that unfolds with great skill and subtlety" (lots of pix, videos, other reports).

•   Russell finds Cloepfil "has made peace in the clash between curators and architects" with his expansion of the Michigan Museum of Art.

•   Chelsea Barracks developer vows to continue with Rogers' plan despite Prince's pleas (for the time being, anyway).

•   Saffron holds some hope that, even with a "no-design design," it's still not too late to make Philadelphia's South Street Bridge an icon.

•   Is UNESCO's World Heritage project harming the very places it seeks to protect?

•   Yeang tapped for 4,000-acre Shanghai eco-city in the sea.

•   Handel expands venerable Boston Conservatory, proving there can be silver linings in the dark cloud of a down economy.

•   Lewis on green houses: "We need less attention on how to shape the individual house and more attention on how to shape - and reshape - communities."

•   America lags behind Europe in proving the benefits of biodiversity brought about by green roofs.

•   Winners all: Snøhetta snags '09 Mies prize.

•   Viladas has a few quibbles with Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards; and a report with lots of pix and links.

•   Call for entries/nominations: Skandalaris Awards for Entrepreneurship in Design & Visual Arts.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A big Thank You to AIA, colleagues, and friends for making our stay in San Francisco truly memorable!


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