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Today’s News - Wednesday, May 27, 2009

•   Rochon offers up an oh-so eloquent tribute to Erickson, who "made architecture to convince Canadians their aspirations didn't always have to be meek and mild - they could think big."

•   National Trust for Historic Preservation joins the fray to save New Orleans' Charity Hospital and the Mid-City Historic District.

•   Turkey's biggest pop star joins the battle to save an ancient city from being submerged by a dam project.

•   Edinburgh's design champion Farrell is frustrated that "complacency and squabbles" over individual projects have dominated the debate on the city's future.

•   The architect of one such project makes no apologies for a "contentious proposal" that will change Edinburgh's skyline.

•   Ellerbe Becket tapped to reevaluate Gehry's Atlantic Yards arena design (supposedly only to "implement cost-cutting measures," but many are skeptical).

•   Meanwhile, Javits Convention Center expansion moves ahead (without Rogers); and Columbia University's controversial expansion plans get an important thumbs-up.

•   Pelli, KPF towering Docklands plans put in for approvals.

•   A generous gift means push to turn the Oklahoma River into a top rowing venue can move ahead.

•   Tschumi smiles as he looks around his new Acropolis Museum, and thinks the Elgin Marbles should be returned now they have a fitting home.

•   Baillieu on de Botton's Living Architecture project.

•   An environmentally friendly gas station not an oxymoron anymore.

•   Hawthorne delivers bad/sad news for green prefab fans: Michelle Kaufmann Design is closing (but she may go on to bigger things - we hope she does!).

•   Shamir resigns; Van Alen Institute launches international search for replacement.

•   A serious look at (and link to) NYC's interagency effort to reinvent its streets.

•   Rybczynski asks if higher ceilings are "yet another example of wretched architectural excess"; actually, no - "it is low ceilings that are the aberration."

•   Good reasons to head to Rochester, NY, and Washington, DC next week: the Association for Community Design 2009 Annual Conference; and the National Building Museum's 2009 Honor Awards salute visionaries in sustainability.

•   Call for entries: Sunset's Western Home Awards.



  


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