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Today’s News - Thursday, July 30, 2009

EDITOR'S NOTE: Beginning tomorrow, we're taking taking Friday's off through August - we'll be back Monday, August 3.

•  Pickrel on HEAT rising Down Under and Queensland's new wave of environmental architects.

•   Irish deputy prime minister raises hackles claiming architects don't yet feel "the chill winds of economic reality" (talk about being clueless!) and calls for fee reductions (ditto re: being clueless).

•   U.S. energy bill could have "far-reaching impacts on the built environment" - but this being the government, "it could always be a wash."

•   The green building industry's "dirty little secret": "few people really kept track of how so-called 'high-performance buildings' were actually performing" - but that's changing.

•   White roofs are catching on as "one of the most affordable weapons against climate change" (some impressive stats).

•   ASLA's handy new sustainable transportation online resource guide: it's not just about trains, planes, and automobiles.

•   Glancey takes a video tour of Robin Hood Gardens to find out why it's loved and hated by both residents and critics.

•   Lamster calls the hits and fouls of the new Yankee and Mets stadiums.

•   Brussat discovers a new work of classic architecture that sends his heart soaring.

•   Call for entries: California Senior Housing Design Competition.

•   Weekend diversions: Rawsthorn on Berlin's biggest-ever Bauhaus exhibition (great slide show, too).

•   Works by UAE architecture students in Dubai offers hope for the future local talent.

•   Local architects show off their artistic talents to benefit AIA New Orleans's Architect Pairing Program - and show off their new Center for Design.

•   "Draw the Line: the Architecture of LAB" on view at the National Gallery of Victoria.

•   Page turners: King x 2: "Wrestling With Moses" leaves him "wishing there was some way today to combine the best traits of both" Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs; and three FLW tomes explore Wright's "willfully idiosyncratic flair."

•   Sorkin's "Twenty Minutes in Manhattan" is "lively and thought-provoking": "the ruminations of a self-styled New York expert" who is "obstinate, curmudgeonly, and opinionated" (as it should be).

•   "10x10/3" does "justice to a new generation of architects who are not just interested in building objects."

•   A new tome is "an invaluable addition to the literature on Tatlin."

•   We couldn't resist (and you must see!): Isabella Rossellini's very short films about the reproductive habits of marine animals (we didn't include actual title to save today's newsletter from over-zealous spam filters).


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