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Today’s News - Tuesday, September 8, 2009

•   ArcSpace brings us Holl's HEART in Herning, and a winery by Piano in Italy.

•   Meanwhile, Glasgow School of Art [hearts] Holl, too.

•   A look at guaranteeing LEED certification, "the unspoken elephant in the room": it might not be easy, but it's not impossible.

•   Hawthorne warns that a growing spate of "protectionism" could lead to uninspired "provincialism" (one of the best analyses of what's gone on in London re: Prince Charles/Rogers/Nouvel, and San Francisco re: GSA and Foster).

•   King x 2: new S.F. skyscrapers "a mixed blessing" and "a life-size reminder that skylines are like cities - they grow in fits and starts, and never according to plan"; and a new Berkeley supermarket is "a streamlined reminder that even when a building has a functional use, a job worth doing is worth doing well."

•   Kamin observes "wild nature versus human order" in the "saga of the Station Fire and the Mt. Wilson observatory."

•   Buffalo is getting serious about its plans to transform the Richardson-Olmsted Complex into "a cultural portal" for the city.

•   As "Modernism at Risk" readies to open today in Gainesville, FL, curator Hylton offers a few reasons why 1920s Mediterranean revival buildings (as an example) tend to be restored, while mid-century moderns tend to be demolished: too often "champions of modernism" hail a "building's architectural significance above its social and cultural importance."

•   BIG's big adventure in China (inspired by origami).

•   Philly and Denver firms picked for Tullio Arena makeover in Erie, PA.

•   The man behind some amazing low-income housing in a town in East Texas - made almost entirely out of salvaged materials (great slide show!).

•   Q&A with Kuma, the "'sushi' architect striving for perfection."

•   Bell on NYC's green future: "I think we'll see a car-less future" and a greater focus on public transportation (we hope so, too!).

•   A new light to inspire designers: OLEDs "will change the quality of light in public and private spaces."

•   Sinclair offers an eyeful of 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom winners (bonus link to today's speech to students by Obama).

•   First-round finalists in cityLAB's WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture - Whoever Rules the Sewers Rules the City competition.

•   A good reason to head to D.C.: 10th Annual DC Architecture Week starts Thursday.



  


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