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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 20, 2010

•   Sharp offers a very sharp assessment of what lessons can be learned from the architectural reinvention of other ruined cities (from 1666 to last year) in rebuilding Haiti: "it seems clear that those governments that act quickly and incisively come out on top."

•   An impressive line-up shows how "we can fight homogeneity and think of creative ways to preserve or recapture our unique communities" (plan to spend some time with this one).

•   Bruce Katz re: the need for smarter investments from the public and private sectors in revitalizing metro areas.

•   The CDC's Healthy Community Design Initiative aims to help build healthy communities by design.

•   Speck plants roots in Lowell, MA, for a spell to help the Boston 'burb recast itself "as a place where you can live without a car."

•   A call to get serious about fixing Boston's Kennedy Greenway: it "desperately needs a nurturing hand, and all the parties must come together to provide one."

•   Saffron on the "I-beam that changed architectural history" and its proposed transformation: it "would be the sole act of daring misbehavior in a wasteland of good taste" (whatever happens, Venturi and Scott Brown's reputations will survive).

•   Denver's quirky new skyscraper "unfolds cinematically, with every random side a sequel. But is it a good movie" (or a traffic hazard)?

•   Goldhagen on Boston's best little boathouse: it "looks more impressive even now than it did when it opened a couple of years ago."

•   Rybczynski has a revelation in an empty Guggenheim rotunda: "For once, Goethe's old chestnut applies; this really is frozen music."

•   Intriguing take on a Koolhaas lecture at Cornell: "His provocative paradoxes that once shook up thinking in the field now seem pasted together in a flippant and flimsy discourse riddled with ideological contradictions."

•   An exhibition in Montreal, open for just a few days, shows off 60 projects that may - or may not - shape the city's future: some "impress by their height and scale - or their hubris, depending on your perspective."

•   Earth Day approaches: Straw bale building making a comeback: "the lesson of the Three Little Pigs isn't to avoid straw. It's that you don't let a pig build your house."

•   40 years later, three environmental activists reflect on the state of the American green movement: "We're not back to square one...But we're in much worse shape than we were" (it's not all gloom and doom, though).

•   An original Earth Day organizer reflects and looks forward.

•   Kahn's Roosevelt Memorial, 36 years in the making because of "a perfect storm" of obstacles.

•   Firms face dilemmas - and the law - when it comes to unpaid interns while internships become a "mushrooming" trend.

•   AIA's EVP/CEO McEntee heading to the American Geophysical Union.

•   Call for entries: A New Landmark for Aldgate international competition for the 2012 London Olympics.

•   Well, we didn't make it to London over the weekend, but at least we were amused by a few clever survival strategies: U.K.'s "Dunkirk-style" rescue mission for holidaymakers; Frankfurt Airport offered clean underwear, airport tours, and art classes; and much more.


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