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Today’s News - Friday, September 18, 2009

•   Weinstein cheers "Urban Design for an Urban Century" (with just a few caveats).

•   Hamburg pins its hopes on HafenCity, "a carefully managed experiment in modern living" that could turn the city into "a cultural and architectural magnet to rival Barcelona."

•   Russell gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Mayne's Cooper Union building: its "frozen drama" and "high-wire act may offer an important lesson in creativity for Cooper's students"; and Pasternack offers up an eyeful of the "brazen stair-obsessed marvel...a determined smack in New York's architectural face."

•   Ouroussoff gives lukewarm cheers (and jeers) to Dallas Cowboy's new stadium.

•   OMA's revised plans for Commonwealth Institute squeak through planning (though things could change - again).

•   Will the Tate Modern extension ever happen, or is it "a pipe dream from the boom years?"

•   For Scully Prize winner Alexander, the award is "yet another opportunity to teach - and tweak - a profession with which he has had his share of disagreements."

•   Weekend diversions: In NYC, "Toward the Sentient City" explores the evolving relationship between ubiquitous computing, architecture, and urban space.

•   In Phoenix, "Designing Sustainability" looks to be a catalyst for sustainability dialog among students, faculty, and the community.

•   "Portraits + Architecture" at Australia's National Portrait Gallery explores the relationship between creativity and identity.

•   Page turners: "Green Metropolis" challenges "many cherished assumptions about easy-on-the-earth country living."

•   Speck cheers NYC's ""Street Design Manual": its "very existence is a bit of a miracle."

•   An interesting take on Jane Jacobs, "Wrestling With Moses" and a new children's book "Genius of Common Sense": was she right?

•   Glancey can't stay cross with "The Secret Lives of Buildings" and its "wondrous stories writ in stone."

•   "New York Deco, Photographs by Richard Berenholtz" recalls "a lighter, more joyful time."

•   A good reason to head to Vermont next week: Architecture & Design Film Festival 2009.


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