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Today’s News - Tuesday, July 26, 2011

•   RMI's Bendewald cheers Chicago as being "a shining example of how local initiatives can help grow the U.S. retrofit industry" - but is it taking full advantage (it's deep energy retrofits vs. conventional retrofits).

•   A frightening number of building collapses (and deaths) spurs Kenya to crack down on "quack professionals" (i.e. architects) and "rogue developers."

•   It's official - and "clears up confusion that has prevailed": RMJM "now cleared by Gazprom to design 'green' headquarters in St Petersburg" (well, not in the city precisely).

•   French preservationists try to crush Gehry's "Beer Can" towers in Arles.

•   Needham x 2: American traditionalists want to scrutinize how government funds were spent on the Eisenhower Memorial competition and on Gehry's design - and "whether the competition was ever truly competitive."

•   He takes "a moment to acknowledge the masterful rehabilitation" of NYC's Columbus Circle subway station (something the city won't be doing again any time soon).

•   Moore x 2: he doesn't have many kind words for the new Museum of Liverpool - and even fewer for what else has been developing "on what is, to use a sophisticated critical term, a godawful mess" around it (which includes reference to "a huge incontinent dog" - ouch!).

•   He offers his take on the "rather drab Stirling shortlist" (and what projects might have taken it "outside the London orbit of fashion and schmoozery", but "at least there's the Carbuncle Cup to look forward is not half so negative to point out bad architecture as it is to put it up in the first place."

•   3XN's Kim Nielsen is quite proud of his Liverpool museum.

•   Also from across the Big Pond, Foggo's Broadgate gets immunity from listing, clearing the way for Make's "groundscraper."

•   Groves x 2: it's good news/bad news for preservationists in L.A.: it looks like Yamasaki's Century Plaza hotel could be saved in a $2-billion plan, though "opposition to the project remains" + Rumors are spreading that Neutra's Kronish House could be bound for demolition because Beverly Hills has no preservation ordinance.

•   Saffron finds sweetness and delight in the rebirth of Hunting Park, "the so-called badlands of Philadelphia": it's much more than being just about planting trees.

•   Jencks tries his hand at "cosmic-themed" jewelry design to raise funds for Maggie's Centres (looks pretty cool to us!).

•   An eyeful of the two (very cool!) winners in the Pop-Up Chapel (pop-up) competition; construction will be complete in time for next Saturday's nuptials.

•   Egypt is set to be the first African country to compete in Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 (all AUC needs now is funding).

•   Call for entries//RFPs for Solar Decathlon 2013 Collegiate Teams.


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