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Today’s News - Tuesday, September 13, 2011

•   New Jersey's 9/11 memorial is "modest compared with the memorial and stage-setting at Ground Zero, but achieves an elegant quietness because of that."

•   An interesting look at how Yamasaki's 1962 science pavilion that still "stands triumphant in Seattle" got him the WTC commission.

•   Glancey's take on why Britain's cities started reaching for the sky, and bemoans that the U.K. "preferred bling to true aesthetic and structural adventure" and left a lot of talented people out of the running.

•   Zeiger's Interventionist's Toolkit, Part 3 looks at the difficulties and challenges in rating a diversity of DIY urbanist projects seeking to remake our cities.

•   WSJ special section looks at how to build greener cities, suburban Edens ("Agriculture is the new golf"), and much more.

•   Moore takes on what's wrong (and right) with Europe's largest shopping center, a "consumerist city on a hill" that is "a glittering gateway to the London 2012 site - but does it have to act as if it owns the whole place?"

•   Russell is skeptical of the results of "buying architectural apples and financial oranges" when it comes to the new (and newly-named) La Maison Symphonique de Montreal: perhaps its "underpowered urban presence" was one of the tradeoffs.

•   Hawthorne finds Apple's new Cupertino campus "will be a retrograde cocoon": even if it "has a futuristic many ways it is a doggedly old-fashioned proposal, recalling the 1943 Pentagon building as well as much of the suburban corporate architecture of the 1960s and '70s."

•   Rosenbaum offers up a video tour of Koolhaas' Milstein Hall at Cornell: it is "a muscular yet engaging building, boldly and inventively contemporary with unexpectedly elegant touches."

•   Waite offers a first look at the "extreme" restoration of Newcastle's Theatre Royal that "signifies a fundamental shift in how we approach conservation in the 21st century."

•   Infrastructure reborn: Milan's Memorial of the Shoah in what was a "grim, cavernous" train depot has been at least nine years in the making.

•   Becker on the 8-year saga of transforming a parking garage into Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications (it's looking good).

•   King on the design for a subway entrance on San Francisco's Union Square: "don't look for a grand statement" (but that's not necessarily a bad thing).

•   Big plans to turn 26 unused London subway stations and bomb shelters into shops and tourist attractions.

•   We couldn't resist photographer Christian Widmer's "Non Zero Sum" series in which "the future became a ruin of the past."

•   A good reason to head to Harvard for the next couple of days: the Roadmap to Sustainable Infrastructures & Green Cities Conference.

•   Eyefuls of ASLA's 2011 Student Award winners (great presentation!).

•   Call for entries: National Mall Design Competition for three key areas.

•   EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for missing yesterday and late posting today - the internet gods have been very unhappy with us for some reason.


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