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Today’s News - Friday, October 23, 2009

•   Has the Stirling Prize lost its sparkle after 14 years? Yes, says Merrick; no says Pearman.

•   de Portzamparc's massive Riverside South in Manhattan: "Trump it's not" (though not all agree).

•   Miami's proposed zoning code hopes to replace the current code's auto-centric emphasis with "walkability, greening and neighborhood cohesion" (and fewer McMansions, perhaps?).

•   Saffron cheers a Philadelphia school's new Sustainable Urban Science Center; its biggest lesson: "if you really want to foster a healthier planet, buildings have to be urban as well as green."

•   ASLA offers a very handy guide to federal economic stimulus opportunities that design professionals may find beneficial.

•   David vs. Goliath in the Middle East: just who are the "little guys" who "go unnoticed until they sneak up and snatch a lucrative contract from the big boys"?

•   Prince-Ramus talks about his Wyly adventures.

•   Bulgaria puts the spotlight on its cities future during Sofia Architecture Week: are thy "doomed to forever resemble concrete jungles?"

•   Call for entries for three project types.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   In NYC, "Toward the Sentient City" at the Architectural League explores how our lives might change when we can embed computers in anything and everything (better to know the downside now than after the fact); and the Cooper-Hewitt showcases the last 10 years of the museum's Design Awards winners.

•   A Boston showcase at Pinkcomma gallery for modern, affordable home designs by 24 firms from around the world in "Welcome Hometta."

•   Chipperfield is feeling very chirpy these days with the opening of the Neues Museum in Berlin ("I don't imagine I'll do anything as important or as significant as that again"); re: the prince's carbuncle kafuffle: he "doesn't mind his profession being 'kicked up the' backside when 'the quality of modern architecture is poor.'"

•   His "Form Matters" at the Design Museum, London is "a cerebral blockbuster" of "architecture with texture and sobriety, instead of structural gymnastics."

•   In Chicago, the Graham Foundation's "Actions: What You Can Do with the City" puts urban residents on notice; and "Learning Modern" at the Art Institute of Chicago gives the Bauhaus credit where credit is due.

•   In D.C., "House of Cars: Innovation and the Parking Garage" celebrates "stunning examples of man-and-machine triumph that incorporate both function and aesthetics" (great pix, too).

•   Hawthorne muses on what "Visual Acoustics" leaves out: Shulman's romanticized photographs of single-family houses "gave a boost to sprawl, freeway construction and the pollution that attends both."

•   Page turners: "Frank Gehry: The Houses" includes new interviews that "offer surprising and deeper insights."

•   "The Architecture of Grosvenor Atterbury" presents a thinker and a scientist interested in "how to make not just better mansions, but better cities...the romance and the science of the man come through."


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