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Today’s News - Tuesday, October 21, 2008

•   ArcSpace brings us an Abu Dhabi tower, and a Snøhetta museum in Norway.

•   Ouroussoff finds a "wince factor" in Hadid's pop-up pavilion in Central Park, and hopes that "the era of exploiting the so-called intersection of architecture, art and fashion is finally over."

•   Iovine finds it "a fine example of the collapse between art and commerce that architecture feeds into so well" (great pix!).

•   King on 3 San Francisco affordable housing projects: they make everything around them better.

•   An eyeful of Libeskind's shopping mall in Switzerland, a project type not below his "dignity."

•   Saffron had high hopes for an outpatient facility; instead, the "Big Driveway rules again" (though "you can't help admiring the many thoughtful touches" inside).

•   Hamburg's newest museum space is the "most ambitious," "stunning," and "finely orchestrated."

•   Heathcote gives a thumbs-up to Royal College of Art campus plans in a "neglected yet central chunk of south London."

•   He finds the new Wexford Opera House "is as much about the town as about the building. It succeeds impeccably."

•   Rawsthorn on China becoming the center of innovation - with caveats and questions.

•   King tours a massive marshland restoration project that's "beyond any sort of ecological restoration before attempted in an urban region, so much so that planners don't even pretend to know how things will go."

•   An eyeful of Weston-super-Mare pier competition winner (and the runners-up).

•   Lots of pix of Holcim Prize winners.

•   Restoration of FLW house by owners-architects take a prize.

•   Architects ally in Calgary.

•   SMWM merges with Perkins+Will.

•   Descottes: the master of lighting who has had as large an impact on the contemporary New York skyline as any architect.

•   The World Architecture Festival launches tomorrow, brought to the rest of us via CNN.

•   We couldn't resist: a Swiss nuclear bunker transformed into a "zero-star hotel."



  


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