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Today’s News - Thursday, April 22, 2010

•   Happy Earth Day: a 70-year timeline of environmental change.

•   Incredibly in-depth presentations of AIA/COTE 2010 Top Ten Green Projects (much more than just pretty pictures).

•   How green can one of the winners - built in the Saudi desert - be?

•   Hume calls for Earthling Day: "Perhaps it should be about saving ourselves."

•   An economist weighs in: "When will we see an Earth Day where it is finally recognized that the market's invisible hand also has a green thumb?"

•   Makower ponders what's happened to Earth Day: it seems to have become "largely an exercise in symbolism" (and lots of other Earth Day coverage).

•   Chakrabarti takes Jaime Lerner's transformation of Curitiba as a powerful call to action for designers to initiate change in architectural, ecological, political, and urban terms.

•   Seoul sets its sights on becoming the world's most beautiful city in terms of architecture and image, but critics wonder how much of the city's soul will be destined for the wrecking ball.

•   12 cities' gallant efforts to become perfect that "we hope all future cities will embrace."

•   There is no silver bullet to make a downtown successful, but an essential ingredient is public interest and involvement.

•   A fascinating and informative look at Ahmedabad, India's new bus rapid transit system that mixes "transit innovation and traditional culture, and even offers yoga classes to the drivers" (great pix, too).

•   Kennicott begs to differ with preservationists' objections to D.C.'s streetcar plans they say will spoil views: have they "actually gone out in the street and looked for a view anytime recently"?

•   Consensus (!) in the U.S. government: "urban parks can't be separated from broader urban revitalization efforts."

•   Glancey on U.K. election and architecture: "If I were to cast my vote solely on the basis of architectural and planning manifestos, no party would win."

•   Brussat cheers Campbell's call for Bostonians to consider the city's ugliest buildings, but would rather "tear them down. Build beauty instead."

•   Three Bostonians defend Brutalism: "Heroic buildings can be tough to love," but "before we tear it down, we should consider what will be lost."

•   Call for entries: Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards Religious Architecture.

•   Final thoughts on Earth Day: U.S. forests finally making a comeback? "We're beginning to recognize forests as something far more fundamental and profound, forests as part of the critical infrastructure of our country"; and we couldn't resist a gallery of some of the oldest trees on the planet (we should look so amazing at that age!). Be kind to the planet, please - and not just for today.


Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture

Modernism At Risk - Modern Solutions For Saving Modern Landmarks

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