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Today’s News - Wednesday, October 19, 2011

•   Urban planners would like to see São Paulo's "Big Worm" (a.k.a. the elevated highway that "wiggles through the center" of the city) come down: it's a symbol of how "the city became a victim of poor planning and its own success."

•   ASLA's new online exhibition explains how urban forests fight air pollution and urban heat islands: "cities can add in millions of trees, while ensuring the trees themselves live long, healthy lives."

•   Alas, NYC's Million Trees project is raising issues even supporters worry about (like keeping them alive).

•   SWA's Aquino evaluates the California Academy of Sciences' green roof - "what is working and what isn't...there are a few controversial items related to the project that are still subject to debate."

•   At the GreenBiz Innovation Forum, IDEO's Lopez explains the 3 common pitfalls of sustainability initiatives and how to avoid such snares: "Sustainability is a verb, not a noun."

•   RKS's Sawhney digs deep into how and why the U.S. should move past its preoccupation with manufacturing and "do more to market its strength in innovation": the design and development professions are "a powerful lever - currently underutilized - for economic growth and job creation."

•   Bernstein gets a behind-the-scenes tour of the Crystal Bridges Museum with Safdie and (muddy waters not withstanding) likes what he sees: "Ambitious as it is, it is never overbearing."

•   Wilmotte "casts impressionism in spectacular new light" at the newly-renovated Musée d'Orsay, where "the devil was in the detail and color."

•   Beha tapped by Vermont's Shelburne Museum to design a center for art and education; for the first time, the museum will be able to stay open year-round.

•   Gehry answers critics of his Eisenhower Memorial design: "The people are asking good questions" - but "he disagrees with those who believe he should focus more on war."

•   Lewis takes on D.C.'s current bout of "monument-itis" (King and Eisenhower memorials included): "to be sufficiently inspiring and meaningful, commemorative works do not have to be supersized and super expensive."

•   Branson opens Foster's Spaceport in New Mexico (and dances barefoot on the glass façade - we kid you not).

•   LeBlanc offers up a bricks-and-mortar affordable housing project that is "an example of how to do heritage in Toronto."

•   AIA's ABI reverses direction again: "It appears that the positive conditions seen last month were more of an aberration" (groan).

•   Priest-architect Runkle joins Haiti reconstruction team to rebuild the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince.

•   Another firm joins the name-change game: Pollack Architecture now Rapt Studio.

•   We couldn't resist a birthday tribute slide show to Christopher Wren.

•   Call for entries: 2012 ASID Design Awards (U.S./North America).


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