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Today’s News - Monday, September 21, 2009

•   ArcSpace brings us Gehry's first building in Scandinavia, a "house without doors" named for the Nordic god of sunlight; and a new urban vision for a long-stalled project in Kuala Lumpur.

•   We lose a champion of modernism, but the invaluable Pidgeon Digital Archive lives on.

•   Swett on climate change: we've "spent too much time describing the problem and debating its causes. Too little time has been spent on distributing solutions" - and he has some.

•   A new report on lessons that can be learned from Europe and Australia about energy-efficient building performance.

•   Kamin x 2: USGBC ranks U.S. cities leading in LEED buildings (Chicago is #1); and Gang's Aqua rates a PETA award for its bird-friendly design.

•   Glancey cheers Chicago practices "learning to think small" not only because "the recession has bitten hard, but because there has been something of a change of heart."

•   An EPA certification for water-efficient homes would take national a host of local programs.

•   Pearman likes Britain's new Supreme Court "in a funny old building": "a bit of a Gilbert and Sullivan stage set. Only sets of antlers are missing."

•   Saffron gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Philadelphia Museum of Art's new underground garage with a design that uses "artful camouflage."

•   Rochon gives two-thumbs-up's to Toronto's newest tower, "infused with the best of 21st-century thinking" that sets "a new standard has been set for building tall" in the city.

•   Kansas City Ballet starts renovating Union Station Power House, "transforming the dilapidated historic structure into an airy work and performance space."

•   Design selected for Columbus, Ohio's very own Center for Architecture.

•   Gould gives three cheers for restoration of the "lovely artifact" that is the Edgewater Hotel, but finds other elements "problematic."

•   It's been awhile since we've heard anything about University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences lakefront project - now there's lots re: power struggles and UWM pulling out; Schumacher found the proposed design "drippy," and offers an eyeful of what some other local talent would do.

•   Rogers quits London mayor's design advisory and Great Spaces panels.

•   We couldn't resist: Foster + Partners joins European consortium to investigate building settlements on the moon.

•   Happy first day of Autumn!


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