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Today’s News - Thursday, December 17, 2009

•   Forget Copenhagen. Chakrabarti imagines a city-focused national strategy to make the U.S. healthy, prosperous and green.

•   Anderson wonders whether '09 was "the best of times or the worst of times for green progress in New York City and Planet Earth."

•   Prince Charles in hot water again for meddling in eco-town policies (he wants them to look like Poundbury).

•   Hawthorne finds "a handful of memorable architectural moments" at CityCenter, but wonders "what might have been if a really rip-roaring group of firms, one with a collective taste for scale, color, irony and abandon, had been allowed to drain that $8.5 billion budget."

•   Walker chats it up with the CityCenter dream team (a veritable "starchitect love-in").

•   Q&A with Libeskind re: CityCenter, why it's more important than ever to build big, and why he's sick of the bickering over Ground Zero.

•   An amusing interview with Gehry: "Don't call me a starchitect" (and "urban planning is dead in the U.S." - who knew?).

•   Removing minarets will "not lead to the removal of Muslim architecture from the skylines - it pointed the way for architecture in the West."

•   Rosenbaum roles through even more museums with major expansions in the works.

•   Buffalo wants to hitch its reputation to vintage architecture to improve its image (lots of restoration/preservation required).

•   A onetime Nevada brothel could become conservationists' dream oasis (river included).

•   At 90, Soleri might finally get to see one of his bridges built (in Scottsdale).

•   Blueprint's picks of the change-makers for 2010.

•   Glancey glows in Speirs and Major's architectural lighting: "They're not overawed by or promiscuous with new technology."

•   Niemeyer on his birthday: "Turning 102 is crap, and there is nothing to commemorate."

•   Call for entries: Architecture for Humanity's 2010 Homeless World Cup Legacy Center in Rio de Janeiro (winner will be built).

•   One we couldn't resist: an eyeful of Hadid's "snack-itecture."


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