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Today’s News - Tuesday, June 8, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're heading to Miami for AIA convention tomorrow morning, so no newsletter Wednesday or Thursday; we'll try posting again on Friday - but if that doesn't work out (busy schedule!), we'll definitely be back Monday, June 14.

•   Weinstein gives (mostly) thumbs-up to new Ando tome that richly illustrates the "poet of light and concrete."

•   There's a new metric in town: the Vitality Index, meant "to improve cities through a rethinking of creativity and its relationship to economic development and public policy."

•   An extreme makeover in the works for Cairo's Downtown to make it greener and more pedestrian friendly to highlight its architectural identity.

•   Architects lend their voices to what to do about the not yet completed Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) East-West Highway: what to do with what has already been built, and how to deal with remaining urban architecture problems.

•   Perhaps both cities should take advantage of ASLA's new Sustainability Toolkit: Economic Models.

•   U.S. firms making a mark in Brazil (some up's, some down's).

•   Hawthorne cites sources who say Broad favors DS+R over OMA for new L.A. museum - but he could still change his mind.

•   Open atrium design lands Adamson Associates/Rogers Stirk Harbour Toronto's St. Lawrence Market north building project.

•   Russell minces no words about what NYU is doing to NYC's Greenwich Village, which "has struggled to survive the university's strikingly tin ear for history and architecture."

•   It's been a long time coming, but plans for a number of projects for Brooklyn Arts District finally move ahead.

•   Campbell says the innovative interior of a new concert hall in Rockport, MA, hits all the right notes (too bad the street façade "is forgettable to say the least" - but it's not the architects' fault).

•   Hume tries to find a few good things to say about Corbu's Berlin apartment building: "Its significance demands we pay attention, but can't lift it above the banality not just of its architecture but of the assumptions on which it was based."

•   More on Moscow's Strelka Institute - and Rem wrapped in a fleece blanket "making him look like the superhero that the crowd already believed him to be."

•   ASLA puts itself forward to lend a hand in helping the Commission on the BP oil spill to develop a remediation and mitigation strategy for the ongoing catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico (our hearts break every time we turn on the news).

•   "Now + When: Australian Urbanism" at the Venice Architecture Biennale will include some sci-fi inspiration using the same technology that create Hollywood blockbusters (without the Hollywood budgets).

•   Glancey celebrates Ian Nairn, the "voice of outrage" and the "scourge of 'subtopia'."

•   Pearman on Sudjic's Foster biography: the problem is that the subject is "both very private and a total control freak...a biographer's nightmare."

•   A good reason to head to Boston next week: the 10-day Common Boston Festival will celebrate architecture and design (and everything is free!).

•   We couldn't resist: RMJM's Abu Dhabi tower makes Guinness World Records list as World's Furthest Leaning Manmade Tower (lots of paperwork involved).


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