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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 19, 2010

•   Weinstein chats with Nelson-Atkins' director/CEO re: life at Steven Holl Architects' Bloch Building - three years after opening.

•   Managing disasters with small steps that involve local people (and they're working!).

•   Sinclair lays out AFH's plan for rebuilding Haiti: "There is no 'ownership' in rebuilding lives," so help out - or steal this plan (and use it).

•   Earthquake response efforts in Haiti being aided by satellite imagery - which could play a similar role for urban planners on a regular basis.

•   An Upjohn grant allows research to explore how power utilities could harness multiple power generation systems within a single structure.

•   New Jersey's plans for solar and renewable-energy projects on landfills and brownfields are not without challenges, but why not "build solar there where you can't build a building"?

•   King explains why H&deM's de Young made his Top 10 list for the decade, and Piano's Academy of Sciences didn't make the cut.

•   OMA lands a campus project in Hong Kong.

•   Chipperfield "knows his place" with a "sensitive, yet innovative approach" to expanding the St. Louis Art Museum: he put the original Cass Gilbert design first.

•   In Toronto, a green retrofit of a Brutalist landmark (an inverted pyramid, no less) offers "the opportunity to improve a building that had grown tired in the eyes of the public."

•   Allies and Morrison's Knowledge Enrichment Centre in Qatar (it floats!).

•   DohaLand sponsors a professorship at Qatar University to teach students of architecture and urban planning the modern Qatari architectural "language" which could "signal the end of the 'blue glass' - an irony not lost on building professionals or journalists."

•   BD launches websites for architecture students everywhere.

•   Winners all:

•   Montreal chooses a winner in its bus shelter design competition.

•   Volkswagen chooses architecture students' design for a signature part of its Chattanooga plant.

•   Eyefuls of 2010 AIA Institute Honor Awards in Architecture, Interiors, and Urban Design.

•   In the U.K., shortlists announced for Civic Trust Awards and Small Projects Awards.

•   Call for Expressions of Interest/EOI: International competition to create two new iconic spaces near Westminster Cathedral.

•   Call for submissions: ASLA's 2010 Olmsted Scholars Program and Leadership in Landscape Scholarships.


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