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Today’s News - Tuesday, September 15, 2009

•   Carson ponders the great divide in sustainability efforts: Do we nationalize and centralize sustainable policies or do we individualize and decentralize them?

•   Campbell pays tribute to Joan Goody, as we lose "an important public advocate for good design."

•   An intriguing list of the 100 Top Urban Thinkers, "some of the brightest, most influential and most controversial figures in the development of cities and places" (bios included).

•   Hume cheers on a Torontonian appointed to CABE, and bemoans Canada's inability (or lack of will) to make urban design a national priority.

•   RIBA launches a manifesto for architecture and urges political parties to adopt it in policies in the upcoming general election.

•   Q&A with social ecologist Stephen Kellert, who explains what we can learn from cathedrals, why flowers in a hospital can heal, and how green design can boost a business's bottom line.

•   The New Acropolis Museum "pays subtle homage to the Doric landmark and landscape through a monolithic minimalism" (with only a few caveats).

•   Davidson x 3: two thumbs-up's for Cooper Union's new academic building that "merges showmanship with sensitivity"; and the New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion - the architect "delivered on his profession's promise to ennoble a patch of public space."

•   He strikes a very different tone for new Atlantic Yards arena design: wrapping it in steel basketry "is just another way to dress up a turkey... architectural flimflam" (ouch!).

•   The arena designers faced a skeptical crowd at their presentation yesterday.

•   For the new Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, the architects gave the patients and their families seats at the drafting table + great slide show.

•   Designs for new libraries in New Orleans find inspiration in the city's history, with hopes they "will help spark optimism and new life in their respective neighborhoods."

•   A sporting kind of day: University of Minnesota's new stadium succeeds on all counts; and University of Texas picks design team for a new athletics complex in San Antonio.

•   Critics and supporters argue whether Bethlehem Steel building should be torn down to make way for SteelStacks arts center (it's pretty clear who will win).

•   Call for entries: Peace Pentagon International Competition: re-imagine a hub of peace-promoting activism in NYC.

•   Call for speakers: LIGHTFAIR 2010 in Las Vegas next May.

•   A good reason to be in NYC 9/17-20: Conflux Festival 2009: a festival for contemporary psychogeography and the creative exploration of urban public space.


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