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Today’s News - Thursday, January 13, 2011

•   Cross on Article 25's efforts in Haiti one year later: its "architects' focus is finding permanent solutions" that ensure "it is the people of Haiti who are becoming the authors of a safer, more sustainable future."

•   An insiders' take on the NBM's Intelligent Cities initiative "to investigate the intersection of information technology and urban life and design."

•   Zandberg on an initiative in Israel "to square the circle of design and social responsibility"; though the goal is "at once ambitious, pretentious, promising and at the moment a bit unclear," it holds promise.

•   Dvir looks at 1960s-'70s experimental housing projects in Be'er Sheva "before green construction became a buzz word"; too bad Israeli architects "have forgotten how to make avant-garde buildings with added value for the tenants and the environment."

•   Rybczynski on "how the Great Recession has changed architecture - for the better" (alas, the "losers will be the current generation of young graduates").

•   Farrelly minces no words about Gehry's adventure Down Under: "he could at least move us forward to greener cultural pasture, rather than pretend Sydney needs more faux-habitable sculpture" or come up with a "dull box"; there is "a third option: architecture. We deserve it."

•   Score another one for DS+R - two buildings for Columbia University: with the its Harlem neighbors "still wary of the new campus," perhaps some dynamic designs will help "smooth out some of the bumps" + An amusing conversation with DS+R's "naughty architect."

•   Glasgow picks team for a "floating community."

•   Iovine gives two thumbs-up's to the new Museum of the Moving Image: "the finest recent American example of radical design" that is "bold but accessible" and "confounds expectations - in a good way."

•   Roche leads a facelift for Met Museum's Costume Institute that will put part of its permanent collection in a more contemporary setting.

•   BKSK "parachutes" into several projects without "pre-digested and superficial symbols" that "signals the refreshing vision of an outsider's struggle with the real content of Jewish communal life...It turns out that parachuting is not so dangerous after all."

•   Uncovering the Saw Mill River and the value (and wonder) of making our water infrastructure more visible.

•   Freecell wins bid to design this year's Valentine in Times Square (volunteers to hold up the heart needed).

•   USGBC 2010 LEED for Homes Award winners.


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