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Today’s News - Tuesday, May 5, 2009

•   A call for a "design version of public health": in a bad economy, "there is more than enough important work for public-interest designers to do" (a new business model could even make it a new profession).

•   Hatherley explains why the "regeneration" of Britain's largest example of Brutalist architecture by the heritage industry puts it "in danger of losing what makes it special."

•   Melbourne lays claim to the world's first carbon neutral office development.

•   The curtain is about to go up on the Great White Way's first green theater.

•   Jenkins accesses London mayor's first year: he "has done much to surprise the skeptics" and shows a "sensitivity to the city's environment rare in a city politician" (many other don't agree).

•   The mayor's next big vision revives '90s plan: a "living bridge" (think Ponte Vecchio) over the Thames (botanical garden included).

•   Glancey begs to differ: "Inhabited bridges have proven to be tricky, tacky and downright annoying...why in Whittington's name do we need such a potty extra bridge at all."

•   Q&A: Tschumi discusses his new Acropolis Museum, and the controversies and inconsistencies of a complexly layered site.

•   Dream teams: a Milwaukee city planner/architecture school dean marshals talent from the architecture school and local firms to work on city projects.

•   A San Francisco architect who finds himself suddenly blind sees a new niche for his talents.

•   On Long Island, a preservation battle looms for the ghostly remains of Tesla's "biggest and most audacious project" (a Stanford White included).

•   Hodges offers a bird's eye view of some of Detroit's most striking buildings (night lighting on some could use some improvement).

•   ASLA 2009 Professional Award winners announced: some expected, some pleasant surprises (and lots of pix!).

•   Call for entries: World Architecture Festival Awards.

•   One we couldn't resist: an American Stonehenge in Georgia "may be the most enigmatic monument in the U.S." - ya gotta see it to believe it (and no one knows who designed or paid for it).


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