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Today’s News - Thursday, May 28, 2009

•   Rosenbaum ruminates on Guggenheim's pledge to honor human rights on Abu Dhabi project (lots of great links).

•   A call for architects to get political.

•   A call to follow Queensland's lead in combating the global financial crisis by using architecture as a new economic driver.

•   Schumacher says plans for a symbol of Milwaukee as "water hub" on the waterfront are "a mess."

•   San Antonio celebrates the opening if its river's new Urban Segment.

•   China's solution to saving an ancient city: raze it.

•   Kamin x 2: the often contentious ties between historic preservation and green architecture: "if we are designing new buildings in new ways, why shouldn't we preserve old buildings in new ways as well?"; and a makeover "offers a rare bright spot amid Chicago's problem-plagued attempt to transform its notorious public housing" (comments are depressingly contentious).

•   Contrary to some reports, Rogers' Chelsea Barracks project is not dead in the water.

•   Safdie declares his disgust over possibility a police station could go up in the heart of Salt Lake City's cultural block.

•   San Francisco's urban watchdog, SPUR, gets new home: "the building is a triumph, not just architecturally but socially."

•   Charleston's largest performance venue to get a makeover - if enough money can be raised to pay the hefty price tag.

•   Two more thumbs-up for Piano's Modern Wing (the art looks good, too).

•   Mayne museum still a go in Dallas; not such good news for his Orange County Museum of Art.

•   "Sleepover Project" opens architects' eyes on nursing home design.

•   Pediatricians issue policy statement linking design and public health.

•   AJ100 list announced; Woods Bagot named International Practice of the Year; Darling Associates is Practice of the Year; and how they'll all beat the crunch.

•   AIA Wisconsin Awards: winners "contributed to the profession in unique ways."

•   Call for entries: London Bridge 800: Design an Inhabited Bridge; and AIA 2009 Upjohn Research Initiative.


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