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Today’s News - Thursday, May 26, 2011

•   Calys and King on Snøhetta's plans for SFMOMA (no "black caped architect" here): it "possesses the potential for success as a museum and the potential for brilliance as architecture" and is "a concept that aims to slide a block-long building into the landscape without causing a fuss."

•   Jed Perl offers pearls about Piano's Whitney expansion: "Architects are always trying to obliterate their predecessors" + Some straight info with great video.

•   We cheer Cooper-Hewitt's 12th Annual National Design Award winners (great presentations).

•   Winnipeg is taking serious steps to reinvent its downtown, and "so far, it seems to be working."

•   Rochon takes on unhealthy neighborhoods that are "literally sapping people of their ability to live fully" - it's time."to start funding the radical redesign of inner and outer suburbs" (some frightening statistics for NYC and Toronto!).

•   Q&A with Joyce Lee re: NYC's Active Design Guidelines: "We take the message of health practitioners very seriously and have started re-visiting the way we plan, design, and build."

•   Karrie Jacobs takes issue with those who consider NYC's transportation commissioner Sadik-Khan a "Roberta Moses": she "has built something stunningly logical, surprisingly monumental, and genuinely new."

•   London Assembly report calls for the mayor to clamp down of the privatization of public spaces.

•   Teddy Cruz offers research and ideas about planning that are "rooted in a very common sense approach to development."

•   Rappaport calls for the reintegration of urban industry into the fabric of our cities.

•   An eyeful of Holl's new building for the National University of Colombia in Bogotá.

•   White bemoans Calgary's "paralysis by analysis" in debating the need, site and design for a new library: "How can we consider ourselves the cultural capital when we can't figure out how to build a new central library?"

•   Lui challenges LEED to include construction worker health and safety in its rating system.

•   A good reason to head to Madrid in July: the IE/IIT Summer School: Atlas on Density: The Battle of Cities for Sustainability.

•   Call for entries: 2011 Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture.


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