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Today’s News - Tuesday, March 3, 2009

•   Boddy and Duany go mano-a-mano about a new New Urbanist development for a Vancouver suburb (is it really "Mad Max goes to Sunnybrook Farm"?).

•   NAIOP issues a report claiming the "green-building vision may be more of a myth."

•   Mazria calls it a "disinformation study...meant to confuse the public and stall meaningful legislation."

•   Meanwhile, another study shows that some climate damage is already irreversible - "all the more reason to act quickly."

•   Dubai's Xeritown: a sustainable city in the desert may not be such an oxymoron.

•   A quick look at some (amazing) biomimetic technologies that could soon be the norm in sustainable architecture. An Architect's Survival Guide for these tough economic times.

•   Kamin cheers plans for an ideas competition for a Burnham memorial, but jeers the selected site and "scattershot planning."

•   The Tsunami Memorial opens in Banda Aceh to much acclaim (we wish there was more than one pix!).

•   Egypt's plans to build an underwater museum for Alexandria's submerged glory are ambitious but controversial (pix are cool, though).

•   King gives thumbs-up to three young firms he sees as starting "a welcome trend: buildings that are "inventive exceptions in a city where cookie-cutter product is still the rule."

•   An eyeful of NYC's beautifully restored Beacon Theatre.

•   Q&A with Ken Yeang re: his new book and why he designs skyscrapers.

•   A good reason to head to Shanghai this month: 2nd Ultra High-rise Buildings Summit: Building Tall, Save, Green, and Human-oriented High-rises! (exclamation point theirs, not ours).

•   Winners all: 2009 Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Awards of Excellence.


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