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Today’s News - Tuesday, June 9, 2009

•   Ouroussoff minces no words over bait-and-switch for Atlantic Yards arena: "a shameful betrayal of the public trust" with a "low-budget, no-frills design."

•   On a brighter note for NYC, the High Line opens today, and Russell, Pogrebin, and Fast Company couldn't be happier (lots of great pix, too!).

•   Meanwhile, Greer bemoans that while there are public outcries over trees being cut down, Britain's monuments of its recent industrial past are being demolished without a word of protest.

•   Results are in on a study of smart growth policies: Does smart growth measure up? Not across the board.

•   ASLA Florida offers "Visions of Smart Growth and Sustainability" as a study model for others (for free).

•   Can holding community meetings in Second Life really transform the planning process?

•   Glancey visits Munich's new Brandhorst Museum by Sauerbruch Hutton and really, really likes what he sees: its "polychromatic playfulness...manages to be both flamboyant and modest...a jewel of a building."

•   Swed visits Snohetta's opera house and Nouvel's concert hall: "In Oslo, architecture comes first; in Copenhagen, music. Each town probably got what it needed most."

•   Design revisions for London 2012 Olympic media center finally wins CABE over (with caveats).

•   In the Adirondaks, the Wild Center is "a rare model of man coexisting with'll want to linger in this glorious place."

•   Lubell takes on a new gas station in L.A.: it's "a reminder of why architect-designed stations can improve a staple of the American landscape. But it could have swooped us off our feet."

•   It looks like San Francisco 49ers are heading to Santa Clara for a new stadium that, "from a distance will resemble one of the area's office complexes...but that could be to its advantage" (oh, really??!!??).

•   Morgan marvels at a Modernist home by St. Florian: "one of the most unabashedly modern statements seen in Providence in years" (the one Brussat bashed last week).

•   Carmody Groarke's 7/7 memorial in Hyde Park is "a fine balance of simplicity and power" (and a model of consensus-building).

•   Fast Company's 10 Most Creative People in Architecture (with some amusing observations).

•   Architectural Association & IE School of Architecture launch the AA/IE Summer School in Madrid.


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