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Today’s News - Tuesday, July 14, 2009

•   We lose a pioneer of British Modernism.

•   Musgrave on the need for a globally-recognized unit of "green": "Has concern around greenwashing caused a backlash against items that are legitimately sustainable in their design?"

•   Demand for green buildings in Miami are keeping some architects busy even during the construction downturn.

•   Robert Adam on why the Chelsea Barracks brouhaha "could be the watershed for the new era" in "traditional urbanism...the only new thing in architecture that can really be called a movement."

•   An in-depth look at what's happened to big development dreams in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, leaving it "New York's version of the collapsing exurban 'boomburgs' in Florida and Arizona" (it might not be such a bad thing in the long run).

•   Kamin monitors the progress (or lack thereof) of Chicago Children's Museum's still-controversial move to Grant Park.

•   "Arborcide" (and a concrete bench that "has all the aesthetic appeal of an off-ramp on I-95") at Lincoln Center has critics riled.

•   Nouvel to lead transformation of Renault's flagship factory on an island in Paris into an "island for all the arts."

•   Move over High Line and Promenade Plantée - make room for the rebirth of Morristown, Tennessee's 1968 Skywalk.

•   Wilkinson Eyre win Southampton's Titanic museum gig.

•   Istanbul's shiny new mosque - designed by women.

•   For those who "don't know wrong from Wright," the San Diego Architectural Foundation strives to define what Modern (with a capital "M") architecture is.

•   Why selling Wright's Ennis House could be its salvation (some still think it's wrong).

•   GM's landmark Argonaut Building gets a second shot as "one of Detroit's little-noted green shoots."

•   Call for entries: Reburbia: a design competition dedicated to re-envisioning the suburbs.

•   Two we couldn't resist: a compilation of the fallout following a Gehry "smackdown"; and a video of Hadid's billowing Bach pavilion in Manchester, and why she "couldn't resist the idea of creating the perfect 'liquid space'" for his music.

•   Happy Bastille Day!



  


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