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Today’s News - Wednesday, May 25, 2011

•   McKibben dares us to link climate change to natural disasters plaguing the globe almost simultaneously.

•   Evan Mather's latest video missive is a plea to save the 1995 Phillis Wheatley Elementary School in Tremé, New Orleans + WMF Watch Site info and online petition to save it.

•   White will surely ruffle some feathers with his take on Gehl's Calgary to Copenhagen comparison: it's "too superficial" and he should have "done his homework."

•   Antwerp's old, long over-looked harbor is being transformed by some notable names.

•   Chinese investors have some big plans for Toledo, Ohio's forlorn riverfront, "part of a steadily growing number of Chinese-financed projects in small urban American markets."

•   King gives thumbs-up to interiors and roof gardens of two new, very large hospitals, but their "architecture is a valiant effort rather than a beguiling" (not totally the architects' fault).

•   Volner on Romero's Museo Soumaya: it "stands as an enigmatic monument, like nothing else on the Mexico City streetscape...As an urban artifact, the museum is a bit of a sphinx, its rhetoric willfully obtuse" (great pix).

•   Brake takes a break at a "mid-century time capsule" - Saarinen's Miller House in Columbus, Indiana (lots of great pix, too).

•   A garbage dump that was Israel's "most iconic roadside monstrosity" has been transformed into a "paradise."

•   Baghdad plans to turn houses of a great poet and a most notable architect ("Zuha" Hadid?) into museums.

•   Green light for a new school of architecture in northern Ontario (somewhere in downtown Sudbury).

•   An eyeful of the winning design in the Passive House for New Orleans competition.

•   Call for entries: 2nd Annual BOFFO Building Fashion Design Challenge (last year's pop-up's were under the High Line, this year it's Tribeca).

•   We couldn't resist: LaBarre is smitten with a "mildly obsessive, valentine" to San Francisco: a miniature of the city made of 100,000 toothpicks (and it's kinetic to boot!).


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