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Today’s News - Wednesday, June 10, 2009

•   An in-depth look at what makes Amsterdam the poster child for the smart city/smart grid concept.

•   Wilson offers an in-depth look at the pros and cons of building-integrated wind turbines and "why it's usually a bad idea."

•   Ouroussoff is totally taken by the High Line, "an invaluable and transformative gift" to NYC.

•   Advocates for other NYC parks are not so happy (but a terrific slide show).

•   Kamin on "the last four miles" proposed by Chicago's Friends of the Parks for the city's lakefront: it'll be expensive, but "a seed worth sowing."

•   Another take is against the last four miles: "Instead of Burnham, how about a little Jane Jacobs?"

•   Even supporters of Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards project cry foul over new arena design.

•   Calys has an update on the CAMP battle in San Francisco: there's "some pretty serious saber rattling. It has all the earmarks of a battle to the death."

•   Rosenbaum, as promised, offers her irreverent photo essay on Piano's Modern Wing: "Form is one thing; function, another."

•   Zaha wins a zinger in Cairo (and pix to prove it).

•   Design approved for U.S. Marshals Service Museum in Arkansas (now all they need is $$$).

•   Another take on Brooklyn Cohousing's passive house plans (and there are more on the horizon).

•   No sedum here; instead, a forest of pine trees for a Manhattan rooftop.

•   Q&A with Acconci and why he's closing his studio: "I am still shell-shocked. I am trying desperately to think of alternative ways."

•   Q & A Rockwell: a happier tale to tell.

•   RMJM and Stephen Lawrence Trust to send six youngsters to Harvard.

•   Call for entries: Idea for Action Kaohsiung International Competition open to young urban planners, students (and anyone born after 1969).

•   We couldn't resist: has someone actually calculated how tall the Burj Dubai will be?


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