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Today’s News - Wednesday, July 22, 2009

•   Weinstein finds "a Texas flood of architectural ideas that unsettles pat assumptions" in "Everything Must Move: 15 Years at Rice School of Architecture 1994-2009."

•   Webb on the paucity of good design incubators in Los Angeles.

•   Could (long mothballed) plans for WTC Performing Arts Center get back on track (and will Gehry design it)?

•   An in-depth look at life after Sambo at the Rural Studio; under Freear, it has "morphed into a hothouse of practical and pragmatic design" (great pix!).

•   Good news/bad news on the climate change news front that implicates architecture, and a call for architects to "mobilize and take action."

•   Kamin gives thumbs-up to Chicago's first net-zero home; it may not be a model for mass production, but it makes the right statement: "A well-designed net zero house should be about more than slapping a huge array of photovoltaic panels on a roof" (good slide show).

•   An eyeful of "arbo-architecture" with a new specialty: "building botany" uses living trees as part of the structure.

•   Thompson wonders what it will take to move beyond green-roof "starchitecture" to get multi-acre green roofs on whole city blocks and big-box stores.

•   Green Roofs for Healthy Cities launches a professional accreditation exam: now you can add GRP (green roof professional) after your LEED AP.

•   Szenasy ponders "ghost architecture" as Rudolph's high school awaits the wrecking ball.

•   AIA's June Architecture Billings Index suggests "the sector's downturn has yet to hit bottom" (will it ever end?).

•   A good reason to be in D.C. on Friday: a very impressive line-up for a series of free public programs celebrating Cooper-Hewitt's 2009 National Design Awards.

•   Call for entries: Arch Record's 2009 Design Vanguard; and Log Postcard Competition for a cover story and image ("wit and surprise are encouraged").

•   Winners all: Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Awards; U.K.'s 2009 Housing Design Awards; and WRAP/RIBA Designing out Waste competition winners.

•   We couldn't resist: architects re-imagine London landmarks.


A Space Within - The National September 11 Memorial and Museum

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