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Today’s News - Wednesday, October 7, 2009

•   Weinstein's Words That Build Tip #19: Choose words and phrases that depict your architecture as a mysterious promise, as well as a known product.

•   Pei wins RIBA Royal Gold Medal.

•   Saffron gives (mostly) thumbs-up to new Barnes design and how far it goes toward fulfilling a "mission impossible."

•   Venturi slams the Barnes move (though nothing about the actual design).

•   Russell on the dilemmas facing the "offbeat" Barnes and Gardner Museums: sometimes "idiosyncrasy can go too far."

•   Mayne's FLOAT House is ready to moor in New Orleans (now all they have to do is find someone who wants to move in).

•   Koolhaas's Maggie's Centre gets the go-ahead in Glasgow.

•   King finds Mills College's new zinc-clad (and very green) business school makes a "bid for attention" in an unlikely setting, yet it "feels as comfortable as an old shoe."

•   Changing current housing rules in NYC (and elsewhere?) "could point a way out of the affordable housing shortage."

•   MIT research shows "even moderate carbon-reduction policies can substantially lower the risk of future climate change."

•   Breathing Earth website presents real-time simulation of global CO2 emissions - right down to neighborhoods.

•   Gehry talks green design: he has no plans to jump on any sustainable architecture bandwagon any time soon: "the green thing is very important, but some of us have been thinking of it for a while."

•   His Weisman Art Museum's expansion breaks ground.

•   Finger pointing persists in Foster's lopped-off Harmon Hotel in Las Vegas.

•   His winning design for new Routemaster bus comes under fire: it's not big enough.

•   But there is good news for his firm and FXFowle: both win a big WAN award.

•   93 sites on the 2010 World Monuments Watch (unexpected to us: Connecticut's Merritt Parkway - one of our favorite drives).

•   Becker cheers Burnham Plan Centennial exhibition: "It's Big. It's Bold. It's sometime a bit entertaining and challenging compilation of ideas" (and only a few days left to see it).

•   A good reason to head to Michigan at the end of the week: "Future of Design" conference has a very impressive list of designers, critics, and provocative thinkers.

•   Call for entries: Re:Vision Design Awards 2010 international competition emerging designers.


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