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Today’s News - Friday, July 16, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: Just a reminder that we're three hours behind home base for this week and next, so newsletter will be arriving a bit later than usual.

•   Leddy says it's time to go beyond awards and ratings that separate great design and sustainable design "to a new age of truly responsive, responsible design."

•   In the Great Recession, cities start taking public transit infrastructure seriously.

•   Saffron cheers plans for a new public plaza in Philadelphia that will prove "the power of good landscape design to redeem our most boosterish impulses."

•   Cornell taps third Pritzker-winner to design a new building.

•   Rahway, NJ, plans two new arts spaces (not all are pleased).

•   Q&A with de Botton and his plans "to send a nation of vacationers to architectural rehab" (great slide show).

•   Two we couldn't resist: a tree house "for design nerds to live out their Swiss Family Robinson fantasies" opens for business near the Arctic Circle + NYC's Park Ave. to get dumpster swimming pools!

•   Weekend diversions:

•   It's a year of Rietveld at the Centraal Museum Utrecht (great site).

•   A whole lot of Holl on view in Lecce, Italy.

•   2010 California Design Biennial in Pasadena includes architecture for the first time.

•   Pesce in the spotlight in L.A.

•   Q&A with Adjaye re: his exhibition in Brussels.

•   Webb "basks in the glow" of Hines's "Architecture of the Sun."

•   Bruegmann's treatise on Harry Weese "could restore him to the place of honor he deserves" (great slide show, too).

•   Sardar finds an interesting subtext in "Knoll: A Modernist Universe."


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