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Olympic Village design selected even though NYC hasn't won the 2012 Olympic race yet. -- Airport collapse leads to "morality play" blame game. -- Brutalist architecture worth tearing down. -- Chicago's next tall(est) tower? "It all may boil down to how Trump and his architects play the arcane rules that determine a building's official height." -- No question about the tallest in UAE. -- A city planning commission missing valuable members (like an architect?). -- WW II memorial: "Öa Las Vegas take on World War II, a counterfeit full of "authentic" details." -- Another endangered Neutra. -- Student's ideas for downtown worth a look. -- Kroloff takes on Tulane. -- An architect's dream house 19 years in the making. -- Doors Open Toronto: so many buildings, so little time. -- EU legislation changes and the architectural profession.

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California Design Firm Chosen for 2012 Olympic Village Site in Queens - Thom Mayne/Morphosis- New York Times

The Architectural Blame Game: ...the collapse of Paul Andreu's airport terminal seems to be adding to the perception that high-design solutions can sometimes make for little more than expensive experiments. By Christopher Hawthorne- New York Times

Brutalist architecture: The Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq is an example of the kind of building we shouldn't hesitate to obliterate, says Jonathan Glancey- Guardian (UK)

Will Trump say: `You're higher'? At stake is whether ...tower will be (gee whiz!) the nation's second tallest building or (ho-hum) Chicago's fourth tallest building... By Blair Kamin - Adrian Smith/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill- Chicago Tribune

UAE tower to surpass 2,000 feet. By Blair Kamin - Adrian Smith/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of Chicago [image]- Chicago Tribune

City planning [Madison] should include private design professionals: ...Plan Commission has no architect, landscape architect, planner or developer from the private sector. By Raymond White- The Capital Times (Wisconsin)

An unfitting tribute: The long-awaited monument to America's World War II soldiers is a forgettable memorial. By Justin Davidson - Friedrich St. Florian [images]- NY Newsday

Setting as Symbol: In the end, the National World War II Memorial on the Mall reflects not just the war and its warriors, but the battle waged to build it. by Edward Gunts - Friedrich St. Florian; Leo A Daly; Oehme, van Sweden & Associates- Baltimore Sun

Towards A New Modern: As the Museum of Modern Artís eagerly anticipated new home nears completion, Aric Chen revisits the project and offers a preview. - Philip L. Goodwin (1934); Yoshio Taniguchi [images]- The Architect's Newspaper

Historic house is in danger: Kraigher House...Designed by Richard Neutra in 1937, it was the first International Style house built in Texas... [images]- San Antonio Express-News

Student's ideas worth a look: Another Cal Poly architect-to-be with wild dreams? Or a local kid with sound downtown plans? - Robert Hawthorne- San Luis Obispo Tribune (California)

Reed Kroloff, former editor in chief of Architecture magazine...has been appointed dean of architecture at Tulane University.- Tulane University

Measuring the Season in Generations . . . - Jim Olson/Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen [slide show]- New York Times

Doors Open Toronto 2004: 155 buildings comprise this year's offerings May 29-30- Canadian Architect

RIBA will host a one-day seminar on 18 June to examine how forthcoming changes to EU legislation will impact the architectural profession and the construction industry.- RIBA (UK)


-- Under construction: Peter Eisenman: Field of Stelae, Berlin
-- UN Studio: Living Tomorrow Pavilion, Amsterdam
-- TEN Arquitectos/Taller de Enrique Norten Arquitectos: Hotel Habita Polanco, Mexico City
-- Finalists: International Competition Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Canada
-- Competition winner: Zaha Hadid Architects: EuskoTren Headquarters, Durango, Spain


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