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Today’s News - Thursday, September 29, 2011

•   He said/he said: Glaeser claims skyscrapers are (or could be) the "saviors of our cities," but they won't save the environment, says Mehaffy.

•   Syrett says the Solar Decathlon is a "wakeup call for professional designers. If NZEBs can be designed by students, why aren't architects and engineers designing them?"

•   Campbell returns from his summer break (yay!) with a thoughtful take on the update of Pei's 1981 Linde wing at Boston's MFA: except for a couple of reservations, it's "an example of how much can be accomplished in architecture by a few deft moves...the improvements are striking."

•   Mays has an enlightening conversation with Sauerbruch about why he's "a crusader for color" in architecture.

•   Pogrebin gets into the legal/political details that have preservationists pitted against each other re: how much should be allowed to change in Bunshaft's landmarked Manny Hanny building.

•   The Yale Center for British Art gets serious about laying out guidelines for any future work on Kahn's final masterpiece.

•   Kracauer makes a long-overdue pilgrimage to Kahn's Trenton Bath House: "In architecture school during the 1970s, we thought we knew the sweet little plan and thought we didn't need to see the building in the flesh. We were so wrong."

•   Cincinnati unveils big plans to reduce the size of its acclaimed Music Hall that will also see bricked-up windows re-opened and glass doors removed to really "make this place part of the community."

•   That might just be the ticket composer Crabtree, who finds many performance halls' "outdated architectural language...so impregnated with self-importance and loaded with coded signals of class," could applaud. + His own plans for an operatic treatment of "The Ghost Train" - to be performed in abandoned rail stations.

•   Inspired by their 2009 Solar Decathlon entry, the Menil Collection taps Rice University students to design a café (inspired by taco trucks, no less).

•   ASLA announces the 2011 Professional Awards (great presentation!).

•   The Green Building Certification Institute names 34 professionals as inaugural LEED Fellows.

•   Call for entries: 2012 Palladio Awards for excellence in traditional design + re:CONNECT: an international open ideas competition to dream new possibilities for the future of Vancouver's Viaducts.



  


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