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Today’s News - Tuesday, June 23, 2009

•   Q&A with Joe Valerio re: his company of generalists and his approach to business that challenges conventional wisdom.

•   Brookings' MetroMonitor tracks America's 100 largest metropolitan areas and public- and private-sector responses to the downturn - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

•   New Jersey's momentum as poster child of TODs and smart growth is slowing down.

•   "Paradigm shifts" in architecture and planning seems to be the buzzword (again) in Germany (re: climate change) and Michigan (re: economy and sustainability).

•   Hawthorne visits Dubai and finds it "an experiment in a new kind of urbanism... unusually pure, unfiltered example of what new cities look like in the age of globalization."

•   The EU taps de Portzamparc to come up with a plan "purge some of the urban sins it has committed" in Brussels.

•   In rural Alabama, PieLab encourages young designers to design for good (while eating good pie).

•   Canadian shoe matriarch Bata enlists university students to turn her dying village into a "showcase for design, life, culture and sustainability."

•   Cargotecture arrives in Seattle.

•   A German village develops a street lights-on-demand system: saves money, energy (and good for dark skies).

•   English Heritage releases its annual register of historic sites at risk: "The news is dismal... sinking under a tide of plastic windows" and cluttered streetscapes.

•   Kamin on the little things the Modern Wing still needs to get right: it "still has a way to go on that score."

•   Dyckhoff has an amusing chat with the SANAA partners re: their Serpentine Pavilion and who's the boss.

•   An instant icon for Vancouver: the six-acre green roof on its convention center.

•   Iovine does the High Line: NYC "should seriously consider what went so right with this project and do it more often."

•   Heathcote offers a poetic ode to Fallingwater.

•   Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago "will again prove to be a sure but supple guide" for the future.

•   Fay Jones extensive archive finally catalogued and available at University of Arkansas.

•   Request for Proposals/RFP: Community applicants for AIA's 2010 Sustainable Design Assessment Team Program (SDAT).


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