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Today’s News - Tuesday, July 6, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: Travel tomorrow and Thursday precludes posting the news, but we'll be back Friday, July 9. For the next two weeks, we will be posting from a time zone three hours away, so the newsletter will arrive in your inbox a bit later than usual for the next while.

•   ArcSpace brings us an eyeful of Henning Larsen's winning design for the Batumi Aquarium in the Republic of Georgia.

•   Anderton on the untimely passing of architect and friend, Stephen Kanner (only 54), co-founder of L.A.'s A+D Museum and "a man who got to make a large mark in a short time."

•   A new report (with some impressive numbers) indicates that the green building market will balloon by 2015 (green office renovations are not just a passing fad).

•   New uses for shuttered auto dealerships are as numerous as the properties (parking lots a big plus).

•   £7.5 billion cut from U.K.'s Building Schools for the Future program means big hurt for architects, communities - and CABE.

•   An architect explains how we can strengthen "the weakest link in many of the leading urban economies": pre-K-12 education - by designing schools for what Richard Florida calls "a spiky world."

•   Merkel ponders a post-McMansion world: "America used to love the small, well-crafted house. Can we rekindle that love?" (look for inspiration from the mid-20th-century building boom)

•   Michelle Kaufmann is more than a pioneer in the prefab housing movement: "She is making sustainability not only a way to build, but also a state of mind."

•   Caruso St John gets the go-ahead for £45 million makeover for Tate Britain.

•   Crosbie cheers the rebirth of Rhode Island's historic Ocean House: "the only way to save the old building was to tear it down," but in the larger context, it "is very much preserved."

•   Kamin hopes Chicago sees its way to more weekend street closings that "bring new life to dull city blocks...there's a hunger out there for better public spaces."

•   Hawthorne offers a long, thoughtful (and sometimes amusing) take how and why "teasing out the proper credit for a great building can be such a tedious process" (starchitects take note!)

•   Lots of takes on Nouvel's Serpentine Pavilion: Merrick "charts the lure of the lurid" with an interesting history of the "fraught relationship between architecture and the color red."

•   Long calls it "a tea room for our times - not half as self-consciously iconic as you might have expected from the bald-headed superstar."

•   Moore on the pavilion and One New Change: "Few architects have the ability to be as good and as bad, at the same time" (at least "won't be dull").

•   Woodman has a very different view: the "overriding impression is of a stage-set, constructed rather shoddily" (too bad Nouvel isn't "still at the height of his powers" - ouch!).

•   Deadline looms for international call for entries/proposals for Thanatopolis (Memorial Park) at I-Park in Connecticut (no fee!).

•   Two we couldn't resist: one winner of World Bank's "100 Ideas to Save the Planet" competition is a plan to whitewash the peaks of the Peruvian Andes to slow glacier melt; and the new AIA Guide to New York City shows you where to the Top 10 ugliest buildings in NYC - "pointing them out with great glee."


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