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Today’s News - Tuesday, May 19, 2009

•   An economist warns instead of bemoaning megacities and getting misty-eyed about village life, work to improve the quality of infrastructure in growing urban areas.

•   Risen is roiled about Ground Zero developments: "The original WTC was a travesty of development interests over civic interests...It's no different today."

•   Hill agrees (somewhat) with London mayor (a.k.a. the "Blond") and his aversion to tall buildings.

•   Kelly takes an in-depth look at how the interweaving of politics and architecture are making things pretty difficult for architects - especially young talent - in Rome.

•   Falconer will surely fan some flames by pointing out the "twin dangers of 'starchitecture'" in Chicago.

•   Two things stand out on a light rail ride from Phoenix to Mesa: "how ugly most of the human landscape is; the other is how much better the architecture is getting."

•   Hume on the upside of mall closings: forget the buildings - their "oceans of asphalt are a rebuilding opportunity."

•   Metropolis's 2009 Next Generation winners have visions of harvesting the wind: "an ingenious plan to use existing infrastructure to create clean energy."

•   Bill Clinton hails Elephant & Castle as a global template for sustainable development: if you can do it here, you can do it anywhere.

•   Rochon rallies behind a Vancouver architect whose "practice is guided by a rare compassion."

•   Q&A with Alminana of Andropogon: his minimal approach to landscape architecture and the need for a "fundamental paradigm shift" in how people relate to the environment.

•   Next up for the Cultural Landscape Foundation's Pioneers Oral History Series: M. Paul Friedberg.

•   Cornell and UVa tap new leaders for schools of architecture; director of UA's Drachman Institute steps down.

•   A good reason to head to NYC in early June: Urban Age Institute's Meeting of the Minds 2009.

•   PepsiCo World Headquarters wins ASLA 2009 Landmark Award.



  


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