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Today’s News - Monday, June 15, 2009

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Allied Works' UMMA in Ann Arbor, and BIG/Michel Rojkind'a Museo Tamayo in Mexico.

•   Ouroussoff digs deep into plans for Grand Paris: the "project represents a critical shift in how we think of urbanism...and that architecture is essential to that transformation."

•   In Melbourne, a call to beware "those who wish to impose grander, more outlandish schemes, designed to make this city something it isn't."

•   Only a couple of highlights from barrage of Chelsea Barracks coverage: the Rogers team is "shell-shocked"; and a "thanks" to "our Puissant Prince" for meddling (comments galore).

•   Not much better news for Foster in Moscow: his Russia Tower scrapped - site will become a parking garage instead (what else?).

•   One of the best analyses of the Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill: whether you think it's something to fear or promote, it will "definitely require major changes in how buildings in the U.S. are designed and built."

•   NYT Magazine takes on "Infrastructure! (It's more exciting than you think, actually)" - prisons, bridges, and dead malls - oh my! (definitely worth spending some time)

•   A look at how Tysons Corner wants to transform itself from being a "hotbed of suburban gridlock into a green, walkable city" (a model for us all?).

•   Hawthorne delves into why the prefab movement needs to rethink its model: "taking on a multifamily mind-set could be a new beginning" after "foundering some depressingly familiar ways."

•   Rawsthorn revisits the Eames's own prefab on its 60th anniversary; it "remains a model of economy and creativity," and is "still beguiling."

•   How some architecture firms are positioning themselves overseas.

•   How other firms are using evidence-based design for a bevy of different uses (and keeping themselves in business).

•   Chicago continues to take its "fifth facades" seriously with the Red Line Green Roofs Initiative.

•   In L.A., TreePeople's conference center has a soaring roof that "multitasks to green effect."

•   Hess cheers the bold use of a Neo-Classical Revival style that creates "an eloquent urban vocabulary" for Santa Cruz, CA - "a rare thing in an era when architects have largely forgotten history."

•   Call for entries: Arquitectum Architecture Competition: Paris 2009: a new dance school for the Moulin Rouge; and eVolo 2010 Skyscraper Competition.

•   We couldn't resist: more details on the Rubble Club (it hopes to go international).


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