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Today’s News - Friday, September 11, 2009

•   9/11: Goldberger reflects on broken promises.

•   Why it's taking so long: infighting "has obscured the original promise to make use of this vital and iconic space."

•   The WTC site itself "tells a lot about progress there."

•   Some good new about - and images of - the underground 9/11 memorial museum.

•   Curtis reflects on remembering and forgetting: "beautiful forms and private grief should not become substitutes for a critical reflection upon political reality...The best memorial would be the truth."

•   RIBA warns "architects could see major schemes thrown out at the 11th hour on the say-so of under-trained counterterrorism advisers" - the Home Office begs to differ.

•   Cannell on NYC's newest "instant" landmark: "At least something's getting built at the lower tip of Manhattan."

•   Barber on the city's new pedestrian plazas: "Getting rid of the traffic was the easy part. Now comes the hard part&hellipfilling the residual void."

•   Who needs the old Times Square when the new Standard Hotel often offers visions of vice to High Line visitors (we couldn't resist).

•   Hawthorne finds new Atlantic Yards arena design has a bit of the ghost of Gehry (and the new design team is an "odd" pairing).

•   A good reason to head to Syracuse 9/13: the 9th International Healthy Buildings Conference and Exhibition.

•   Weekend diversions: A "Dutch Design utopia" curated by Droog takes over NYC's Governor's Island for the next two weekends.

•   Kamin finds "more chaff than wheat" in "Big. Bold. Visionary. Chicago Architects Consider the Next Century," but still thinks it's worth seeing "if only for the sheer fun (or dread) of contemplating some truly out-of-the-box visions of the future."

•   Some visions of the ideal Windy City of the future are creative, some whimsical, and others actually practical (great pix in both reviews).

•   "Bauhaus: A Conceptual Model" inspires artist Jonathon Keats to offer one of the most interesting takes we've seen on the movement's impact on today's architects.

•   Berlin's DAZ presents "Living in the Future: The Impact of Post-War Urban Development on our Cities."

•   "Reinventing Ritual" at NYC's Jewish Museum redefines the ritual object - many that "would look at home in MoMA's collection."

•   Page turners: "Architecture of Change" takes a look at projects that "combine creativity, technical knowledge, and scientific expertise to take on environmental challenges."

•   In these times, "Tiny Houses" and the notion of downsizing "resonates loudly."

•   "The BLDGBLOG Book" hopes to shake things up - and succeeds - sort of.

•   "Unfolded: Paper in Art, Design Science and Industry" presents "a genuine enthusiasm for paper's practical applications" - including as a building material - and its more whimsical ones.

•   The National Building Museum seeks videos of your favorite green places.

•   Cast your vote for People's Prize in Guggenheim/Google Design It: Shelter Competition.


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