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Today’s News - Wednesday, September 29, 2010

•   Baggini on architecture and its "duty to beauty": apparently, beauty is "too fluffy for public policy."

•   A call for Johannesburg architects to "take back the power to conceptualize, and create, a 'World-Class African City' that means something beyond an empty slogan."

•   Rogers calls for Sydney to stick to Barangaroo plan or risk not being a ''truly great city of the world.''

•   Brandes Gratz on New Orleans defying "conventional expectations. It should be the catalyst for a fundamental re-examination of how we deal with urban challenges: how to build back up, not keep tearing down."

•   How federal and local governments are rebuilding communities: "terms like smart growth and eco-communities, and tools like LEED-ND are no longer odd concepts for local policymakers."

•   King takes a walking tour of Boston and finds it "more expansive and intriguing than ever...informed by history but adding to it with intelligent restraint."

•   Hot talents lend their skills to envisioning a park beside a restored Los Angeles River.

•   East Germany's coal mines undergoing extreme makeover to become Europe's biggest artificial lake district (any wonder developers are chomping at the bit?).

•   Merrick offers mild praise for the extension of the Lille métropole musée d'art modern d'art contemporian et d'art brut: while it is "a radical addition, it could have been even more daring" (though "in broad terms" it is a success).

•   SHoP unveils design of its newest amenity for Atlantic Yards' Barclays Center: a new public plaza (green roof and oculus included).

•   Predock's "futuristic" (and only 17-year-old) CLA Building at Cal Poly Pomona may be demolished, though the "architect's stature will be considered as the future of the building is studied" (one would hope - it's part of the university's official logo!).

•   Even sadder, L.A. lost Lautner's 1950 Shusett House (really sad images!).

•   Two brighter notes: Tucson is taking its trove of Modernist buildings to heart.

•   Bey hails Chicago's 2010 Preservation Excellence Awards: "We complain loudly when we lose a building to demolition...We should cheer just as loudly when one is saved and restored."

•   Kamin on USGBC's first Daley Legacy Award winner: in case you're wondering who, it's "Chicago's lame-duck mayor, famous for his green thumb and his iron fist."

•   Big times coming up in the Big Apple (we're being unabashedly chauvinistic): it's Architecture Week at the Center for Architecture and openhousenewyork + Big and Super-Green theme for the 8th annual Innovation Conference + 4th Annual DOCOMOMO US Tour Day 2010 coast-to-coast.


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