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Today’s News - Monday, June 8, 2009

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Siza's museum in Brazil, and Zaha's latest concoctions for our tootsies.

•   Calthorpe and others weigh in on the Stapleton paradigm and more on the eve of CNU's confab in Denver.

•   Houpt on Gehry's departure from Atlantic Yards: "good news for the architect, bad news for the neighborhood."

•   Pedersen has second thoughts about his earlier support for the project.

•   Schumacher calls for serious discourse about university development on Milwaukee's lakefront, and launches her own "unorthodox" design competition: "this lakefront plan is too important to be left to the devices of bureaucracy."

•   Davidson gives two cheers to the High Line (opening tomorrow!) and its district of lively architecture: "The tale is a triumph of urban salvage."

•   Gardner cheers Times Square transformation: a perfect example of "how cities are evolving on our post-industrial planet."

•   Morgan is not very enthusiastic about EMPAC: while it's "a technological tour de force; unfortunately, it is not a landmark of contemporary architecture."

•   Betsky on OMA's Prada Transformer: the only disappointing thing about it is that it doesn't actually transform.

•   Pearman takes on four "profoundly unfashionable buildings" (mostly Po-Mo) that he thinks "will sooner or later regain favor."

•   RMJM's 1985 "flawed masterpiece" in Edinburgh under threat - again; is it part of the city's architectural heritage, or a building with "no future"?

•   The same battle rages over Detroit's Tiger Stadium with a last-minute reprieve from the wrecking ball (for the time being, anyway).

•   Thailand weighs legal options for foreign architects.

•   The greening of AIA's 1973 HQ gets thumbs-up from D.C. planning commission.

•   A study finds that making buildings more "physical activity friendly" can help fight obesity (a fitting story on the day of Fit City conference in NYC).

•   Q&A with Ed Feiner: What to do once you've revolutionized the GSA?

•   Q&A: Pentagram's Paula Scher on failure (in Psychology Today, no less).

•   Call for entries: Guggenheim/Google Design It: Shelter International Competition.


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