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Today’s News - Wednesday, June 3, 2009

•   Ireland to slim down policy on architecture (but there will be a built environment research committee).

•   Gehl revisits Perth after 15 years and finds that while the city has made progress, it still needs a "personality transplant."

•   Battle still brewing over plans to demolish Gropius-designed complex in Chicago, and a call for the International Olympic Committee to change its policies so historic preservation is more of a focus.

•   Arup on board with Clinton Climate Initiative to help major cities develop tailor-made carbon reduction programs.

•   Rosenbaum finds much to admire about Piano's Modern Wing, but it also leaves much to be desired.

•   Dillon gives (mostly) thumbs-up to new Dallas Cowboys stadium, "No retro camouflage. No cheap nostalgia...easily the best of the current crop."

•   Moore on Alsop's Chips in Manchester: the beginnings of "a distinctive place in an area which could still feel like a big heap of nothingness."

•   San Diego Convention Center expansion has grand plans that will lead to the water.

•   Q&A with Mada Spam's Qingyun Ma: "In China, I enjoy the changes in and about design. In US, I enjoy the resistance to any change."

•   A conversation with the architect of 2010 Shanghai World Fair Macau pavilion - an "environmentally friendly bunny."

•   A Houston developer launches website to sell blueprints of sustainable, contemporary homes (by real architects!). - An eyeful of Shankar's Jugaad pavilion in Delhi, made of 692 discarded oil cans (amazing!).

•   Good neighbors: a media mogul and a fashion designer donate a $10 million matching grant to the High Line.

•   The Hungarian architect who left his mark on Shanghai.

•   London "architect" exposed as fake - again.

•   Request for Qualifications: Dudley Square Municipal Office Facility in Boston.

•   Call for entries: Brick-stainable: Re-Thinking Brick.

•   Two we couldn't resist: 31 pianos to be "plonked" around London to "encourage people to gather for a singsong with strangers."

•   Vote for America's Best Public Restroom (there are some stunners!).


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