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Today’s News - Thursday, December 3, 2009

•   Weinstein's Words That Build Tip #21: write about meaningful patterns of light by personifying the interplay of architecture and light - keep the conversation light - but shimmering.

•   Las Vegas x 2: "there's not a stitch of kitsch" in the city's latest projects that parlay "the unblinking sun into nature-based spectacle" + "CityCenter: Vegas 4.0."

•   A struggling Pennsylvania steel town revives Olmsted's1895 vision; its "green rebirth&hellipis a concept gaining popularity in Rust Belt towns that have few viable options for renewal."

•   A call to stem the trend of "gagged development" and "proselytizing NIMBYs."

•   Philadelphia picks a team for its Delaware River waterfront development.

•   Saffron calls for politicos to leave the waterfront planning to the planners."

•   St. Louis's CityGarden lifts "the public's sense of itself and its city."

•   Carpenter's glassy High Line tower takes a cut in height, but the "signature design remains largely intact" (and both developer and opponents claim victory).

•   Yet another finger wags at the destruction of Gropius's Michael Reese complex in Chicago: beyond destroying "a great architectural legacy which cries out for adaptive reuse," it could also damage Mayor Daley's reputation - internationally.

•   Rybczynski cheers Scully Prize winner Alexander: while he's been "both revered and reviled...I would guess that he is one of very few whose work will endure."

•   Benyus talks biomimicry: "What would nature do if it sat at the design table?"

•   Seward "takes a test drive through transportation's alluring future": could it be Personal Rapid Transit pods?

•   As LEED continues to evolve, the question is: What's next?

•   ASLA releases a new online resource guide on increasing energy efficiency through sustainable residential landscape architecture.

•   2009 Building for Life awards honor "some of the best housing of this century."

•   Israel names winners in competition to design a "layer farm" that addresses veterinary, ecological, and environmental problems of the egg industry (we kid you not).

•   One more we couldn't resist (and didn't know whether to laugh or cry): how the Military Industrial Complex is taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint (green weapons of destruction, anyone?).



  


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