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Today’s News - Thursday, April 28, 2011

•   Three sad losses: We lose a pragmatic master of Googie architecture who wondered why anyone would want to preserve any of his 4,000 coffee shops (great slide show) + an architect who helped build Hawaii + Kamin's tribute to a Chicago architect who "paid continuing attention and respect to the principles of modernism."

•   A look at some ambitious redevelopment plans that "have emerged and fizzled" in post-Katrina New Orleans that "offered the planning community an unprecedented opportunity" (until the "green dots" showed up).

•   A look at local Palestinian entrepreneurs preparing for the future of the West Bank, including building a city from the ground up.

•   Hawthorne bemoans the relative obscurity of L.A.'s landscape architects and relishes Halprin's Bunker Hill Steps.

•   An Indian architect takes on the aesthetics of Indian cities: it's time to "promote and encourage the best in contemporary urban planning and development and bring modern architecture, traditional craft and design closer to people."

•   Corbu's Chandigarh is a Mecca for architects and its preservation is "coming out of the books and is now creeping into conversations of architects worldwide."

•   Grimshaw tapped to design a mobile Brazilian 2016 Olympic art pavilion.

•   A handy round-up of reactions to the new Museo Soumaya - from "really spectacular" to "derivative."

•   "Divisive" Chihuly "Museum" in the shadow of Seattle's Space Needle gets the green light, even though "the number one thing that residents wanted was new green space, not a new paid attraction."

•   Cheek gives thumbs-up - and down - to Carmel, Indiana's new Palladium, an example of architects and developers trying "to transplant the 'charm' of Europe...It gets pumped up on the steroids of American-style size and ambition. Forgotten is the intimacy of scale that made it appealing in the original."

•   Brussat on Block Island (with a gathering of preservationists): its "character depends in no small degree on having avoided, so far, an alien visitation from the likes of Spaceship Gehry."

•   An architect turned advocate says urban planners' and health officials' "missions rarely intersect" and "aims to demonstrate an association between design features and good health, and to prove that healthy homes are affordable on a mass scale."

•   Environmentalists and energy experts warn that Scotland's green energy goals are ruining the landscape: "more wind farms would 'erode the bonnie aspect of Bonnie Scotland' and could devastate the tourism industry."

•   An eyeful of the Edmonton Park Pavilion Design Competition winners.

•   RFQ for a new U.S. Courthouse in South Carolina under the auspices of the GSA Design Excellence Program.


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