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Today’s News - Friday, April 20, 2012

•   Sunday is Earth Day! Volner offers an in-depth report on how "national and grassroots initiatives open the door for reuse to have a greater role in sustainable design."

•   Hanscom has a Q&A with Hayes "best known as the guy who coordinated the first Earth Day, back in 1970," and now building an oh-so-green HQ for his Bullitt Foundation.

•   How could we resist "The weirdest, worst PR crap we've seen this Earth Day": a very funny round-up of some of the more bizarre Earth Day marketing (dare we say) stunts.

•   Yglesias and Jaffe are on opposite sides of the debate re: height restrictions in Washington, DC: they're "bad for the nation's capital and terrible for America"; or it's "not about architecture or affordable housing or spreading development. It's about greed."

•   A green light for Melbourne's second tallest tower sparks a debate about the future of the city's skyline.

•   Brussat tells the tale of two plans for Providence that "offer a stark contrast: how to do it and how not to do it."

•   Santa Monica College to get a stylish new performing arts center.

•   Rose's lively review of the week in architecture includes "a few collisions of architecture and cinema" and "the last word in celebrity design: shoes by John Malkovich. No, really."

•   Greenberg looks at the possibility of the happiness factor becoming a serious business for cities.

•   The Earth Institute issues the first World Happiness Report that "reflects a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness and absence of misery as criteria for government policy.

•   Hampson has a chat with de Botton re: how space and architecture influence happiness.

•   The inaugural AJ Woman Architect of the Year honors two + the AJ Emerging Woman Architect of the Year named.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Hawthorne hails "a rich, deceptively simple-looking" Cliff May exhibition at the UC Santa Barbara Art, Design and Architecture Museum.

•   Maya Lin launches the second stage of "What Is Missing?," the fifth, and last, of her memorial projects (intriguing homepage!), along with a "stirring" sculpture exhibition in Pittsburgh.

•   In L.A., Okun's "Dreamscapes" photographically rearranges building parts to better see the whole (great pix).

•   "Twentieth Century Architects: Ahrends, Burton and Koralek" tells the tale of the firm that got "both with barrels" from Prince Charles with his notorious "monstrous carbuncle" tirade.

•   Victoria Newhouse narrates an audio slideshow of highlights from her new book, "Site and Sound: The Architecture and Acoustics of New Opera Houses and Concert Halls."

•   Mays has high praise for "Concrete Ideas: Material To Shape A City": it is "something that many people would have thought impossible: a cheerful book about concrete."

•   Happy Earth Day!


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