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Today’s News - Friday, October 2, 2009

•   A new report concludes building denser cities would do little to reduce CO2 emissions, but reducing the weight of vehicles would.

•   A possible future for strip malls: turn them into "community-owned hubs that generate capital within their neighborhood and keep it there."

•   Baillieu calls for political will to change the course of NIMBYism: "new ways to 'engage with the community' are not going to solve the problem"; and Alsop's move to RMJM is a smart one (better than being "unhappily yoked to Archial").

•   Archial wins green light to raze an RMJM "post-modern gem" (a bit of unintended sweet revenge perhaps?).

•   Farrelly on the "hungry rats" circling Sydney Harbor: "It's all so breathtakingly daft it makes you suspicious...It wouldn't be the first time rats have gnawed our harbour."

•   Russell on the cautionary tale of Seattle Art Museum's "Faustian tower deal" (is MoMA following suit?).

•   King on Dallas's new "edifice complex": will its starchitect-studded Arts District bring the city what it so desperately wants?

•   San Francisco's new Walt Disney Family Museum "is a chance to see what architects and designers can get away with inside the historic sanctum" of the Presidio.

•   An eyeful of BD's 2009 Young Architect of the Year shortlist of five.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Harvard celebrates civic architect J. Max Bond Jr.

•   "Visual Acoustics" documentary traces Julius Shulman's career, but "his personal world remains opaque"; while in Pittsburgh, "Palm Springs Modern: Photographs by Julius Shulman" is "an opportunity not to be missed."

•   In Berlin, Thomas Demand's paper architecture is "a surprising exploration of German identity" with a "significance beyond his deliberately imperfect replicas."

•   Page turners: "The Freedoms of Suburbia" celebrates suburban life, but the obvious "distaste for modernism means there is no mention of attempts to expand the design options" for suburban dwellers.

•   "The Secret Lives of Buildings": while "one cannot disagree with much of what Hollis has to say, the way in which he says it can be irritating" (but still worth reading).

•   "Design Revolution" celebrates inventions that "boost habitats, humanity, health, and happiness."

•   In "Change by Design, IDEO's Tim Brown "is kind of right and kind of wrong."

•   Q&A with Hagberg re: "Dark Nostalgia," style, memory, and nostalgia's curiously bad rap: "we have become nostalgic for a time that never existed."

•   "Artists' Studios" by MJ Long celebrates "the act of making art with the details."


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