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Today’s News - Thursday, March 17, 2011

•   Even with costs of going green going down in the hospitality industry and some hoteliers are recouping in record time, others "see red" when it comes to LEED: "you still need a LEED consultant as interpreter...Hurry up with the LEED conversion to the English language!"

•   Russell roams around what will be Columbia University's Manhattanville satellite campus where Piano's science center will rise; but "renderings fall short of suggesting the energy this idea factory hopes to unleash" (he has higher hopes for DS+R/Field Operations project: "Columbia could use some of that pizzazz").

•   Ouroussoff x 2: video Q&A's with four starchitects working in Doha and Abu Dhabi + Protests by artists stirring up dust over Gehry's Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

•   Pennsylvania's Westmoreland Museum of American Art picks an impressive shortlist for expansion/renovation project.

•   As Kapoor's "Sculpi-Tecture" (a.k.a. ArcelorMittal Orbit) begins to rise, it awaits a nickname and, "at the moment, it looks like some kind of an improbable giant red beanstalk...it might end up looking more like a wilting beanstalk."

•   Birnbaum on the importance of viewsheds and an upcoming symposium at Olana "worthy of national attention."

•   Brussat finds a Modernist building he actually likes: Gehry's 8 Spruce Street (gasp!) - but he reserves "the right to retract the above opinion of the building upon closer inspection."

•   Q&A with director of Parsons' new (and first in the U.S.) undergraduate degree program in urban design.

•   Lamster discovers "a little-known architecture school with big ambitions: "Does Woodbury University exemplify a demographic revolution in architecture?"

•   Q&A with Shashi Caan re: the IFI Declaration and "the value, relevance, responsibility, culture, business, knowledge, and identity of interior architecture/design."

•   A Kenyan architect and landscape architect "has a great desire to make ecotourism work."

•   An architect launches a new art and architecture magazine in Pakistan: "It pained me to see that the plethora of quality publications on architecture from our neighboring countries but nothing from Pakistan: there was a vacuum."

•   Winners all: 18 projects take center stage in the AIA 2011 Housing Awards (great presentation!) + American Academy of Arts and Letters names 2011 Architecture Award winners.

•   Call for entries: Think Space - Geopolitical Borders/The New Global Border (Franch and Cruz involved).



  


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