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Today’s News - Tuesday, May 11, 2010

•   King x 2: the now-official shortlist for SFMOMA expansion will "almost certainly guarantee the new wing will be a distinct contrast with the institution's iconic home."

•   And San Francisco should allow Saitowitz's vision for 555 Fulton: "when genuinely talented architects find ways to heighten our sense of place, we need to encourage such creativity."

•   Lewis calls for a change in vocabulary (change TOD to "multi-modal-transportation-oriented development") and mind-sets to encourage more walking in cities - and offers the design criteria required to do so.

•   A Beirut architect bemoans the loss of his city's heritage, being wiped out by regulations that benefit developers, not people: "Of course all cities change, but change does not have to be so aggressive and so inhuman."

•   Building with mud in a concrete jungle of Karachi: it's so "refreshing" to see people living in a slum settlement being "self-sufficient in building for themselves such cost-effective as well as environment-friendly dwellings" - authorities should take heed (this perplexes us more than just a bit).

•   Centre Pompidou-Metz is ready for its close-up - will it be the city's Bilbao moment? + Ban on his "Chinese hat" design: "I wanted to find something contextual, instead of designing a building which can exist anywhere in the world" (no comment re: SANAA's Louvre Lens: "I never take a look at the designs of others").

•   Moving Towards a Green Economy Part 2: Rebuilding communities through brownfield rehabilitation.

•   Technology may be freeing Dilberts from their cubicles, but companies are still spending billions to erect new green buildings (more transportation hubs required).

•   Developer Hines's Green Office program proves it has real clout.

•   Lack of private construction projects has more firms heading towards the government sector: "It's the only game in town with cash flow."

•   Design plays a key role in "the world's most humane prison" in Norway (do they take reservations?!!?).

•   West 8 harvests plum job to develop 40-year master plan for Pennsylvania's famed Longwood Gardens (not mentioned is Weiss/Manfredi is on the team, too).

•   Groves grooves on an artist's labyrinth built on a bedraggled corner lot next to a church (others take a dimmer view - there might be dancing - oh no!).

•   Oren Safdie's tragicomic satire "The Bilbao Effect" set to take center stage at NYC's Center for Architecture tomorrow (starchitecture and suicide included).

•   Call for entries: FUNERIA's 5th biennial international Ashes to Art competition.


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

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