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Today’s News - Friday, June 19, 2009

•   Moore's take on the trials and tribulations surrounding WTC redevelopment: "It is a Babel of egos...when political grandstanding gets in the way of common sense."

•   Much better news at Cornell: it looks like the epic 12-year drama surrounding Milstein Hall is finally at an end (fab slide show, too!).

•   Becker offers an eyeful of "Zaha's web" and "Ben's incredible ice cream suit" - a.k.a. Burnham pavilions - in Millennium Park (maybe they should leave the web - it's pretty spectacular as is!).

•   A few surprising places where public transit is gaining speed (and even some style).

•   A look at HOK's high-speed rail hub planned for Anaheim - a LEED Platinum landmark that could transform the region.

•   Are engineers given enough credit for their work? A yes and a no.

•   New report says the world is warming faster than thought: "The forecast for the year 2100 probably needs to be revised at least by a meter or more" (yikes!).

•   An interesting discussion re: ASLA's Sustainable Sites Initiative: "How do you develop urban areas without compromising the ecology and degrading existing ecosystem services?"

•   Q&A with Schmitz re: Yale researchers' findings that most polluted ecosystems can recover (see also ANN June 1, '09).

•   On the left coast, FLW's Ennis House is up for sale; yours for only $15 million - and a few more to finish restoration (great slide show!).

•   On the right coast, FLW models - and the firm that created them - are attracting as much attention as the Guggenheim exhibition itself.

•   Weekend diversions: Gwathmey Siegel gets its first solo show in a museum it designed.

•   "Design for a Living World" at the Cooper-Hewitt: "witness the often-messy story of production" (only gripe: you're not allowed to touch).

•   Page turners: "I Am a Monument" is an "admirable, deep analysis" of why "Learning From Las Vegas" is relevant today.

•   "Closing the Gap" focuses on information modeling technologies and their impact on architecture and design.

•   "Globesity" connects obesity and climate change; rethinking neighborhoods would help on both fronts.

•   "Builders of the Pacific Coast" offers inspiring handmade homes (worth the slide show).

•   Two good reasons to head to L.A. next week: Dwell on Design and CA Boom Design Show share the spotlight for the first time ("share" might not be the right word).



  


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