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Today’s News - Tuesday, February 22, 2011

EDITOR'S NOTE: Our hearts and thoughts are with the people of Christchurch, New Zealand, suffering such losses in the aftershocks and aftermath of a devastating earthquake.

•   Russell gets a Ground Zero walk-about with PANYNJ's Chris Ward to find out "how he galvanized the $11 billion World Trade Center site construction after years of political and management morass."

•   King on the endgame (finally) beginning for San Francisco's massive Treasure Island development, and cheers proposal to "tone down" its skyline.

•   Other cities may be taking a pass on costly LEED certification "to get a plaque on the wall," but Minneapolis thinks it's worth it.

•   Findley offers an in-depth look at two very different apartheid museums in South Africa that "reflect the difficulties of memorializing a complex and terrible history"; even "their place names poetically foreshadow the contexts that shaped the projects" (long journalism writ well).

•   Wigglesworth wags an indignant finger at the U.K.'s education secretary: "Michael Gove's rejection of decent architecture shows he knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing."

•   The saga of the (currently homeless) Solar Decathlon continues, with pleas from Eric Owen Moss and two team leaders to keep it on the Mall, and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts secretary offering an alternative site.

•   Q&A with Ferry and Monoian, "Abu Dhabi's most innovative design couple" re: public initiatives such as the Land Art Generator Initiative and their vision of a future full of beautiful energy plants.

•   Calys cheers Studio O+A being named Contract mag's Designer of the Year, and is pleasantly surprised to find Orpilla and Alexander to be "designers without any pretension and certainly no agenda other than doing right by their clients" (great slide show, too).

•   A who's who in the architectural firmament send an open letter to London's mayor to save Design for London: "It would be a tragedy if DfL were allowed to wither away."

•   A terrific presentation of the 2011 P/A Award winners (penned by some terrific writers).


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