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Today’s News - Wednesday, September 16, 2009

•   Forget Thoreau and an idyllic life on Walden Pond - it will be "well-run, energy-efficient cities that ultimately save us from ourselves" (excellent links here).

•   Jacobs on Gehry's tough year: why did he "squander his cultural cachet on a boondoggle" like Atlantic Yards?

•   KPF London partners jump ship to start their own firm (name not announced).

•   Rose has a very amusing take on Starck's new reality TV show: it ends up he doesn't want to hire any of the designers, and "none of them want to work for him any longer anyway."

•   Anderton ponders "does creative architecture inspire creativity?" with Prix and Hawthorne (and other good stuff).

•   The 1964 World's Fair New York State Pavilion finally wins landmark status (but is it already too far gone to really be saved? we hope not!).

•   A Qatari prince battles French conservationists over his plans for the 17th century Hotel Lambert in Paris (great video tour).

•   An excellent team tapped for San Francisco's new cruise ship terminal.

•   Pickrel explores two green Queensland houses that "exhibit powerful simplicity in form, space, and circulation" and are "environmentally conscious responses" to their locale.

•   Professionals and amateurs protest the U.K.'s "draconian" terror laws that have had one architectural photographer accused of "hostile reconnaissance" (also experienced by yours truly in NYC).

•   Call for entries: 2010 Palladio Awards for traditional design; and Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Award for exceptional projects that don't meet the performance standards of the ZEROprize.

•   Winners all: RIBA Special Awards finalists; 2009 LEAF Awards winners; 2009 North American Copper in Architecture Awards (great site!); Virginia Society AIA Awards for Excellence in Design; and ASLA 2009 Student Awards.

•   We couldn't resist: a new bat house for the London Wetland Centre: "I wouldn't mind living there myself."


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