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Today’s News - Thursday, September 10, 2009

•   Ouroussoff x 2: he has some good things to say about new Atlantic Yards arena design, but "it still falls short of the high architectural standards set by the design the city was originally promised.

•   He is most disappointed in diminishing size of Nouvel's MoMA tower, "one of the most enchanting skyscraper designs of recent memory may well be lost" because of a mentality that "risks transforming a living city into an urban mausoleum."

•   Rosenbaum's "MoMA Monster Update."

•   Hawthorne gives a guarded thumbs-up to new school on the old Ambassador Hotel site in L.A.: it "turns a friendly and upbeat face" to the neighborhood with "a Creamsicle-colored fresh start."

•   Micro-climates take root in two Brooklyn garbage dumps (hopefully open to the public soon).

•   U.K.'s 10:10 initiative: "It's not perfect," but it's "far better thought out than your typical green campaign and it offers plenty that businesses can, and should, be endorsing."

•   Flaws in LEED have San Francisco rethinking rules that are tied to the older guidelines.

•   More on new risks and limited solutions when it comes to delivering on green projects: "failed projects are starting to wash up in court."

•   EPA's newest tool: MyEnvironment offers community environmental statistics; similarly, San Francisco launches Data SF.

•   Change a bulb, save a bird.

•   Two European companies turning softwoods hard could reduce the demand for unsustainably logged tropical hardwoods.

•   Some interesting applications for running electric current from tree power.

•   Hollis on how/why buildings change: "It is not building new ones, but rebuilding other people's buildings that is, perhaps the most urgent and difficult challenge that faces the architects of the future."

•   An eyeful of Levete's 10 Hills Place, which "demonstrates the same experimental spirit shown by her former practice, Future Systems."

•   An eyeful of the shortlisted proposals to "revamp and reinvigorate" an old London gasholder into a lively public space.

•   Meanwhile, an industrial archaeologist calls for a re-think of plans to demolish a 70-year-old Liverpool gasholder could be preserved and used for other purposes. - Woodman's amusing take on the Carbuncle Cup winners and why they won (he should know - he was on the jury).

•   Call for entries: ENYA's HB:BX Building Cultural Infrastructure: The High Bridge International Ideas Competition (site goes live tonight!).


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