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Today’s News - Tuesday, October 26, 2010

•   Long live long journalism (x 5!): Katharine Jose offers an amazingly in-depth look at why NYC hasn't (and probably won't) produce the innovative architecture it was once known for (though the city's architects are certainly coming up with some, chances are it won't be built here).

•   Hillary Brown offers principles to guide the construction of greener and more efficient infrastructure at a time when the public seems "more focused on shrinking government than on endorsing investments in 21st-century infrastructure."

•   Cusato's Home for the New Economy "is the latest iteration of a well-designed, ecologically sane, decidedly livable house," but will anyone buy it? (so much for the small-house utopia, it seems).

•   Kennicott looks deep into what makes Bing Thom tick (no "crass salesmanship" or "narcissistic display" here), and why he "may be thinking about adopting Washington...a city that has long been content just to build buildings and muddle through with little magic or fantasy."

•   Another long take, this time on Robert Stern and his success as a traditionalist: "A good way to go forward is to go back" (along with his "taste for Gucci loafers and natty suits" - who knew?).

•   It looks like London's skyline is on the rise again (great slide show).

•   Chaban on opposition to plans to remove the grand marble staircase in Lower Manhattan's Winter Garden, rebuilt after 9/11: "It is a noble gesture, but ultimately a backward-looking one"; there is "much to be gained by going ahead with this simple, subtle, spectacular project" (with slide show - you decide).

•   Now is the time for urban green roofs, but "Australia is lagging well behind the rest of the world in promoting them."

•   Q&A with Bill McKibben: is a project like Masdar City an appropriate solution to global warming? "I think it's a powerful demonstration of what is possible...the technology developed there will need to be applied in more real-life situations."

•   ASLA survey finds steady economic improvement for landscape architecture firms, though it has not necessarily meant new jobs.

•   National Building Museum's "Intelligent Cities": a year-long investigation to "make technology and data more useful to urban planners, professionals in the design and building industries, and the public."

•   Balmond tapped for public art project at Casper College (amid grumbles about why a local Wyoming artist wasn't chosen).

•   Qatar University and Dohaland set up Chair in Architecture - to be shared by Salama and Makower - that will give "students will have the opportunity to be part of the design of the Musheireb project."


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