Opinions seem to be flying this holiday season as we reflect on a year that was both exciting and tumultuous. So this week, we’ve collected some thought-provoking reading that is sure to stir the pot as we head into 2009.

Core77 posts a snippet of an open letter from Cameron Sinclair, of Architecture of Humanity, written in response to Nicolai Ouroussoff’s NY Times article on the current architectural climate.

Nick Douglas at Clean Technica ponders the eco merits of Apple and Dell in response to Dell’s criticism of Apple’s eco-friendliness.

Lloyd Alter at Treehugger talks about Dwell’s latest issue on prefab design.

Metropolis Magazine discusses German architect, Stefan Behnisch’s commitment to performance and environmental engineering in his architecture.