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Today’s News - Tuesday, September 27, 2011

•   Gisolfi offers small-scale solutions to alternative energy resistance.

•   Lubell digs deep into California's TOD efforts: "with the high cost of TOD development and the lower incomes in many transit-oriented districts, it's impressive when thoughtful designs emerge" (with lots of examples).

•   Gruber takes issue with some of Corner's elements for Santa Monica's "Town Square" - mostly that it's more park than square.

•   An eyeful of 9 cities across the globe taking advantage of the dead spaces under freeway overpasses as usable parts of the public realm.

•   Plans afoot to bridge the wide divide between Philadelphia's preservationists and contemporary architects to "give both fields new life."

•   Preservationists continue efforts to save Pei's JFK terminal from the wrecking ball (to make way for - drum roll, please - a parking lot - what else?).

•   King finds at least one bright spot among Stanford University's new projects where "too much of what has risen is Stanford Lite."

•   Bozikovic looks at the mixed emotions being stirred by Libeskind's soon-to-open Museum of Military History in Dresden "amid fierce debate over its content and design."

•   Grimshaw/Dattner's Via Verde affordable housing project in the South Bronx "would fit with any of the sexy newcomers" in NYC, but it also "stands apart: green striving for gold, and accessible on many levels."

•   Pedersen has high hopes for MIT's 1K House Project, even though the first prototype came in six times over budget: it's "a devilishly difficult task that can only be achieved the hard way, through trial and error, the scientific slog."

•   Glancey on Gaudí's Sagrada Família: "in a world of lightning-fast, gimmee, gimmee junkitecture" its "lesson of patience" is that "we should learn to slow down."

•   Cary on Gang's "Genius Award" that "will ultimately support her community work and commitment to good design."

•   A Malaysian architect bemoans the government not using design talents to improve public housing and transportation: "there are many of us who are willing to rise to this challenge, but it's not happening."

•   Q&A with Yoo's Davison re: where and how art and architecture meet.

•   Kimmelman explains his mission as NYT's architecture critic: "I'm interested in urbanism, city planning, housing and social affairs, the environment and health, politics and culture" (yay!).

•   Goldberger cheers the revival of Vignelli's classic NYC subway map as a digital adventure: it's "as handsome as ever," but why is it only "a weekend amenity?"

•   Call for entries: The Harlem Edge | Cultivating Connections - 5th ENYA international biennial ideas competition to redevelop a marine transfer station in the Hudson River (launch party tonight at NYC's Center for Architecture - we'll be there!).


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