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Today’s News - Friday, September 10, 2010

•   On the eve of 9/11, we cheer our ever-resilient city (and hope reasonable minds prevail): Kolker considers "the remains of that day wait patiently to be returned to ground zero from a hangar at JFK" and documentarian Steven Rosenbaum's new project, "Engaging Absence."

•   Rosenbaum considers why mainstream media seem to get the WTC project wrong: "they continue to miss the important and historic work that is going on. The sacred sky will remain empty - the pools, pavilion, and underground chambers are what matters. And those projects are very much on schedule" (both stories have great images, videos).

•   An in-depth look at Louisiana State University's Coastal Sustainability Studio that "combines immediate and long-range solutions with the aim of making the landscapes of New Orleans, the Delta, and the Gulf of Mexico once again resilient and adaptive."

•   Coupland and PLANT win competition to design the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa.

•   Meanwhile, the City of Ottawa "has thrown down the gauntlet" to the Ontario Heritage Trust, saying it has no say in relocation of the 1914 Horticulture Building as part of the Lansdowne redevelopment.

•   Tucson's 200-year-old "White Dove of the Desert" landmark has church leaders "in a race against time" to find money to finish its restoration.

•   Stantec continues its buying spree, this time setting its eyes on Burt Hill.

•   Call for entries reminder: 58th Annual P/A Awards.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   New London Architecture presents an amazing(!) model that shows off London 2030, bristling with a forest of glittering new skyscrapers and so much more.

•   In NYC, "Fish Forms: Lamps by Frank Gehry" on view at The Jewish Museum, and Corbu's "Miracle Boxes" at Pratt's Higgins Hall.

•   "Water for a Sustainable City: Hetch Hetchy and San Francisco" at AIASF's Center for Architecture + Design.

•   In Florence, Alabama, "Early Works of Architects Hurtig, Gardner and Froelich" features futuristic 1950s architectural designs by Bruce Goff protégés.

•   In L.A., Aschheim's "Nostalgia for the Future" offers "singular drawings and architectural installations of eccentric modernist landmarks of Southern California" (great pix).

•   Gruber's Part 4 (and final?) take on "Urban Design" (the book): Richard Sommer's essay "is the most spirited defense of the classic (1950s) notion that Urban Design is what's needed to create a coherent city."

•   Merkel wanders through Gatje's "Great Public Squares," and finds it "almost as good as being there."

•   Higgins' "The Grid Book" suggests "that interdisciplinary design, being the product of a synthesis between nature and geometry, ultimately inspired the birth of a distinctively modernist sensibility."

•   "The Man Who Changed Shanghai" chronicles Hudec's life and his impact on the cityscape during its most iconic period.


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