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Today’s News - Thursday, May 13, 2010

•   As the world spills oil, blood, and cash, Chakrabarti asks the ultimate question" "Do we matter to ourselves?"

•   Leinberger explains how a network of privately funded rail lines could save the housing industry, revive the economy, and help meet the booming demand for walkable neighborhoods.

•   If we confront our collective denial concerning climate change, "there is much reason to believe that human civilization can still be saved."

•   Moving Towards a Green Economy Part 3 looks at Philadelphia's $1.6 billion Green Infrastructure Plan.

•   A looks at the U.S. Department of Education's Promise Neighborhoods grant program to implement cradle-to-career services for students in distressed neighborhoods (applications due June 25).

•   "Sprawlanta" video sets the stage for CNU's New Urbanism: Rx fro Healthy Places conference in Atlanta next week.

•   Szenasy is "saddened no end" by Gehry's derogatory remarks about green design.

•   More on Beijing's plans for the now-trendy Gulou neighborhood: conservationists thought its hutongs were protected, but now fear "the project will wind up as another soulless imitation of Western consumerism in the form of a bogus Old Peking theme park" + Gulou defenders form rescue plan (if you haven't already, be sure to read yesterday's first post).

•   Stockholm's new photography museum: is "a triumph of historic preservation" (but ABBA fans disappointed).

•   High Museum and 306090 to present American Pavilion at 2010 Venice Biennale, spotlighting "projects with a focus on research and social engagement" (an impressive list it is).

•   An architect who came in second challenges a bid winner because it failed to credit other firms for projects it presented in RFQ.

•   NYC's Storefront for Art and Architecture names Spanish architect Eva Franch as director.

•   Kevin Spacey has big plans for disused spaces underneath London's Waterloo station.

•   Big plans for abandoned trolley station underneath Washington, DC's Dupont Circle + the official RFP for its redevelopment.

•   Winners all: ReSource: 2010 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers; and an eyeful of the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge finalists (great presentation).



  


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