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Today’s News - Thursday, June 3, 2010

•   Commissioning "may be the most effective strategy for reducing long-term energy usage, costs, and greenhouse gas emissions from buildings. So why is it so seldom used?" (and not taught in schools?)

•   Merrick x 2: Nouvel is "an Ahab, strapped to his profession's mast on the high seas...eternally searching for his version of Moby Dick" + Piano's Central St Giles "is striking but bereft of joie de vivre...Are we going to see a deluge of Pantone buildings by infinitely less talented, novelty-hungry architects?"

•   Long raises his own questions about Piano's London projects, but still, "Of all the starchitects, he is the one who talks most about the street life of cities, and he seems to have a passion for dense, unplanned places."

•   A Q&A with Rybczynski re: "what happens in cities while the 'experts' are busy making other plans."

•   Saffron bemoans the lack of a real master plan for Philly Live!: "Faux urbanism is better than no urbanism. But without a master plan, it will continue to grow by default."

•   Boston developer continues his towering plans, despite roadblocks, "not least being he doesn't own the property he proposes to redesign."

•   Brussat takes on the "creative class" congregating in cities; the problem: "smart people can be really dense."

•   Bozikovic x 2: The Ismaili Centre and Aga Khan Museum is going to be "very fine architecture and landscape...the caliber of the design is remarkable" + Toronto City Hall's green roof is "a revelation." (great pix for both!)

•   Pawson wins London's Design Museum makeover, but some warn not to be too hasty.

•   Mayne's "square school for hip Emerson College entertainment interns" wins approval in L.A.

•   Sustainable Sites Initiative selects 175 pilot projects.

•   Seattle picks architect to design a trio of downtown parks.

•   Q&A's (and great slide shows) with six of Brazil's leading architects.

•   RIBA-USA establishes a beachhead in the City by the Bay.

•   Preservationists up in arms about plans to demolish Pei's JFK terminal.

•   If you have a coupla million in your pocket, Philip Johnson's first house is on market.

•   Call for entries: Architect Magazine's 2010 Annual Design Review; and how would you fix the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?


Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture

Institute For Urban Design - Rebuilding a Sustainable Haiti: Symposium

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