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Today’s News - Monday, June 28, 2010

•   ArcSpace revisits the University of Cincinnati Campus Recreation Center by Morphosis.

•   Millard gets into Mayne's mind re: 41 Cooper Square and how he used a 500-year-old idea in understanding "the communicative value of a healthy mind game, an effect willfully, but not wantonly, alien to the ordinary."

•   Weder on Vancouver's architectural revival: "Making architecture is, at its core, a political action."

•   "The Death of Sprawl": a new report "analyzes the high, true cost of urban and exurban sprawl...and proposes multiple appropriate responses."

•   The case for changing minimum parking requirements in cities to make them "more nimble and efficient" and to eliminate what has become a "de facto subsidy in favor of driving."

•   Vision California "takes direct aim at today's development politics" (even without "teeth" it may make an impact).

•   GBC Italia is the first EU organization to sign on for USGBC's LEED rating system.

•   A new U.N. sustainability study shows "somewhat surprising" results: even in a down economy, CEOs around the world are more committed to sustainability than ever.

•   New co-working spaces go green and grow business by attracting small environmental ventures.

•   de Portzamparc to bring two French kisses to Manhattan with two of the largest new developments in the city.

•   SHoP wins big in Botswana (beating out some very big names, to boot).

•   Grimshaw tapped for a dramatic, new transport hub in Hanley, UK (where there's much relief the project is actually going forward - unless you read the comments).

•   Moore minces no words re: the Chelsea Barracks imbroglio: "The prince and the lord...seem to be playing similar games, with the important difference that the lord has at least earned his influence with a lifetime of achievement in his field. Practiced by either, it stinks."

•   Birnbaum gets serious (and more than a bit hot under the collar) about changing an out-of-date attitude that landscape architecture is just "'parsley around the roast' of architecture."

•   MoMA/P.S.1's summer playground x 2: Bergdoll calls it "an extremely serious playground" that's "not just about fun" (but you'll probably find it "is in fact quite a lot of fun") + a profile of SO-IL, "the lean, mean firm behind the P.S.1 courtyard installation...this summer's hottest architecture project." (great pix with both!)

•   Hadid named this year's UN Artist for Peace for promoting the ideals of UNESCO.

•   Eyefuls of the European Solar Decathlon that recently kicked off in Madrid.

•   A sneak-peek at some highlights of what's planned for the U.S. pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale: "an exquisitely earnest exhibit on social change."

•   An amusing inside look at the jury's dilemmas in choosing the 2010 IDEA Awards (and great presentation of the winners).


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