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Today’s News - Thursday, February 4, 2010

•   U.K.'s Article 25 taking lessons learned from Pakistan's '05 earthquake to Haiti.

•   Chakrabarti's thoughtful response to Obama's State of the Union address: "Perhaps the odds are with us" - with "heightened investment in the Infrastructure of Tomorrow" (instead of Tomorrowland).

•   Arieff cheers Local Code and its remarkable proposal for re-thinking the growing amount of empty space on a large scale: it's more than just creating pleasant parks.

•   Birnbaum gives "three cheers to Field Operations' inspired design" for Cleveland's Public Square: it demonstrates "a shared value design ethic rather than an outdated "silo" mentality that separates nature, scenery and culture, which has left us with a legacy of lousy design."

•   Some radical proposals for the National Mall may not make it to the drawing board, but "even the no-action plan is hardly no-action."

•   Baltimore's sweeping new green building standards still in limbo (politics and developers involved, of course).

•   White roofs becoming the rage everywhere, but a new study shows they may be best suited for cities with a year-round warm climate.

•   King on San Francisco averting "a fierce political battle" over shadow restrictions that would threaten nearly every major development project.

•   Rybczynski says nice try, but no cookie to some notable architectural failures: "Experiments belong in the laboratory, not on the construction site."

•   Saitowitz's Tampa Museum of Art ready for its close-up (not a lot of architectural detail, but great visual presentations).

•   Hardy's Act II at Lincoln Center: a theater atop Saarinen's theater (not all are pleased).

•   Glancey chats it up with Chipperfield at his new Folkwang Museum in Essen about why he's more appreciated in Germany; the architect minces no words: "Britain loves a bargain, but you don't get good, lasting architecture on the cheap."

•   Q&A with WORKac re: their design for the first East Coast incarnation of an Edible Schoolyard on an NYC school parking lot.

•   Another Rudolph school, this one in New York State, faces the wrecking ball (for a parking lot, what else?).

•   Prefabs in Wales are reincarnated as eco-friendly, but "do the benefits of prefabrication outweigh the loss of local character and distinctiveness?"

•   Seoul kicks off its Year of Design with what sounds like some amazing sites (a Hadid included, but sadly, no pix).

•   Looney Ricks Kiss splits, but will continue "a strong strategic alliance."

•   Call for entries: IES Illumination Awards for professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design.



  


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