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Today’s News - Thursday, July 23, 2009

•   It's Stirling Prize shortlist day and the pundits come out to play: Long: "worthy but dull, with too many usual suspects"; Dyckhoff: "how few creep over the bar into excellence" (and doesn't bode well for the future); Woodman: "some pretty leftfield choices"; Stewart: "it's good to have something positive to discuss even if it is a strange shortlist."

•   Now for a breath of fresh air: an eyeful of the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom finalists.

•   Farrelly is thoughtful (and amusing) about the gender(s) of cities: can they be fast and warm and fuzzy at the same time?

•   Report: "Moscow Heritage at a Crisis Point" - no good news here.

•   Nouvel's MoMA tower: the Planning Commission "swoons"; but there's still considerable community opposition.

•   Kennicott on Rogers' first D.C. project: it "challenges the institutional architecture of Washington not with some meaningless confrontational gesture, but with solid thinking and design excellence" (oh - there's a cool "tree" too).

•   Mazria on why Section 201 of the Waxman-Markey climate bill (re: building energy codes) must not be changed or weakened: "without it, we simply cannot meet GHG emissions reduction targets."

•   The Living Building Challenge: the "ultimate green building certification" - with criteria most green buildings today could never meet.

•   Yesterday's "arbo-architecture" slide show has a more in-depth story today.

•   Jencks's Scottish garden: railroad included (great pix).

•   Pittsburgh can soon lay claim to the largest green living wall in the U.S.

•   Rybczynski on the history and future of airport design: they've "become as ubiquitous- and about as glamorous - as bus stations."

•   NYC's unsightly temporary construction sheds are becoming a bit too permanent; the solution: keep an eye out for a design competition.

•   Anderton shares recollections of Shulman with some notable folks who knew him; and Cuff discusses cityLAB's WPA 2.0 infrastructure competition.

•   Jacobs comes away from SmartGeometry conference with a new word, and wonders if software is "taking the 'wow' out of wow-inducing buildings."

•   Call for entries: Ideas Competition for Bruce Lee's Residence in Hong Kong.

•   We couldn't resist: Outraged at this year's Stirling shortlist? Then pick your own and win a prize.


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