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Today’s News - Thursday, September 3, 2009

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're giving ourselves a four-day Labor Day weekend - we'll be back Tuesday, September 8.

•   Atlantic Yards redux: local "boutique" SHoP now onboard.

•   London's 'burbs could take another half-million homes: a "door to a potential goldmine of work for architects" (but will people want to be their canaries?).

•   In a new report, Prince Charles calls for end to suburban sprawl and "short-term thinking" in urban design (talk about timing).

•   A rundown of 5 major risks to green building market growth.

•   King x 2: cheers for efforts to fill empty lots in creative ways; and it's environmental activists vs. a "determined band of golfers" re: historic golf course (snakes and frogs included).

•   Eco-friendly "sunflowers" to bloom on Masdar plaza.

•   Brad Pitt visits Niemeyer project in Spain; finds inspiration for New Orleans.

•   Call for entries: Gateway to Milan/La Porta di Milano International Competition. Weekend diversions: Philly's newest cultural attraction: "a shrine to devotees of the Three Stooges" (open one day a month).

•   Helsinki Design Week 09 launches tomorrow.

•   Kamin on a new show that gives Chicago's local (sometimes "carping") talent a "crack at the Burnham centennial."

•   Heathcote hails "Hungarian Organic Architecture" in Budapest: "the organic school has mellowed a little, but the buildings remain unmistakable."

•   "Bauhaus: A Conceptual Model" in Berlin brings "vividly to life a movement in a constant state of flux between idealism and indecision."

•   "The Green House" at Yale's Paul Rudolph Hall...looks at the "new architectural response to combining both pleasing design and responsible environmental principles."

•   An amazing eyeful of the innards of the Battersea Power Station.

•   "From Towers to Teakettles" puts Michael Graves in the spotlight in Minneapolis.

•   Page turners: "A Paradise Built in Hell" is "a bracing, timely book" that will "challenge what you think you know about catastrophes."

•   "Louis I. Kahn's Jewish Architecture" is a "valuable new book" that shows how important Jewish institutional patrons were to the master's architectural development.

•   Brussat finds the real international style in "World Architecture: The Masterworks" (classicism would flourish were it not for its "association with dead white males, who, it seems, still have the cooties").

•   Willis' new documentary "A Girl Is a Fellow Here" is the first step in giving FLW's women designers proper recognition.

•   We couldn't resist: winners of the America's Best Restroom Award.


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