Point of View - Point of View December 2009 Site Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Our Most Popular Stories of 2009 mason, With only about a dozen hours to go before the Champagne corks start careening for the New Year and a new decade, now seems like a good time to look back on some of the highlights of dear, dwindling '09.… Architects and Third-Graders Agree ... george, We knew architects liked the Chartwell School after it was voted one of the Top Ten Green Projects for 2009 by the AIA. Apparently, students like it too. Last week, UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE) picked Chartwell,… Letter from Baltimore: Press Credentials elizabeth, In her monthly “Letter from Baltimore,” Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson writes about architecture, culture, and urbanism in a city more often associated with violent crime than with good design. Click here to read her previous posts. For more by Dickinson, visit… Winter Books Roundup george, . Learning from Hangzhou By Mathieu Borysevicz Preface by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown Timezone 8, 330 pp., $45 China is urbanizing at an astounding rate. Those of us who don’t live there might know this from statistics (like:… Q&A: Andres Duany and Jeff Speck on The Smart Growth Manual Alec Appelbaum, Who dares say what counts as “smart” when neighborhoods evolve? Look no further than the beige-and-black cover of The Smart Growth Manual. That’s the guide to repurposing American land use, not a guide. Who could claim such authority? Look down… Exhibit Conveys Climate With Architecture for the Five Senses Terri, The exhibition Climate and Architecture aims to relate architecture and sustainability to the larger context of climate. NYC Has a New Energy Conservation Code Susan Szenasy, Click the play button to view the beginning of last week's "Show Snapshots" event. (Watch parts two and three of the video on our Multimedia page.) Last Wednesday, news was made at the Davis & Warshow bath products showroom. Hilary… The Metropolis Minute: An Obama Executive Order Susan Szenasy, In her monthly editor's letter, Susan Szenasy presents opinionated takes on some of the most pressing issues in the industry today. After the jump, she discusses a recent executive order by President Obama that promises exciting opportunities for design collaboration.… Happy Birthday, Oscar Niemeyer! mason, Niemeyer in 2005. Photo: Camilla Maia The great Brazilian architect turns 102 today--and, according to an Associated Press report last month, he is already back at work following his recent surgery for gallstones and an intestinal tumor. "I needed to… Loving Panton Susan Szenasy, For more than three decades now, two bright-orange Panton Chairs have graced my apartments in New York City. They started out in the living room, then migrated to the bedroom, and now they’re my dining chairs, to be seen clearly… Sky Lanterns and Wind Choreography mason, Back in 2005, we wrote about the artist Janet Echelman's remarkable textile sculpture installed over a small traffic island in Porto, Portugal. Now we've received photos of two more public sculptures by Echelman that again create "wind choreography" through colorful… Accessibility Watch: Play Time Natalie, This week’s Accessibility Watch is travelling south to Rutledge, Georgia. About 50 miles outside of Atlanta, it is home to Camp Twin Lakes, where children with serious illnesses and other life challenges can still enjoy the summer-camp experience, thanks to… The Wright Stuff mason, Last night was the press preview for The Wright, a sleek new restaurant shoehorned into a tiny space at the southwest corner of the Guggenheim Museum. For anyone who remembers its former manifestation--a maroon-walled café crowded with tables and framed… Drum Roll, Please paul, It’s been over a year since the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt announced the departure of Paul Thompson and formed a search committee to find a replacement. No official announcements have been made and the staff members I’ve spoken to have either been… Q&A: Dean Kamen on Sustainable Technologies and the Smart Grid ted, Dean Kamen is best known as the inventor of the Segway, but lately he has been tinkering with an ambitious array of technologies related in some way to sustainability. His distributed power generation and water purification systems, for instance, might… Recycle Your E-Waste in Manhattan—For Free Susan Szenasy, If you live on Manhattan island and you’re feeling as guilty as I am for throwing out your old laptop and other electronic devices--or hoarding them in your small apartment because you don’t want to add toxic chemicals to landfills… The Metropolis Holiday Gift Guide mason, A bit belated, perhaps, but here it is: your guide to the gifts guaranteed to impress the design devotees and architecture aficionados in your life, organized into four convenient categories: For Kids, or Kids at Heart Workaholic Chic Books (and… E-Wall mason, This morning I dropped by Pike Loop, a temporary installation in downtown Manhattan designed by the Swiss architects Gramazio & Kohler and fabricated by a large industrial robot that goes by the name R-O-B. Unfortunately for a robot lover like… Accessibility Watch: Cities Crying Out for Simple Fixes Susan Szenasy, I have never before muscled in on presentations when I’ve been asked to moderate a panel, but this time I did. It was last week at Build Boston, during a full-day symposium on socially sustainable design, when I broke my… Book Review: Not Your Typical Landscape Photography Sarah Palmer, Aperture has released three photography books that, each in its own way, talk about development, the environment, and the human relationship to the landscape.