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Today’s News - Thursday, April 9, 2009

•   Hume on why Dubai is a poster child for "how not to build a city."

•   Sinclair on "the architecture of excess vs. an architecture of relevance" (and Zaha stood him up!).

•   Lifson issues a call to save a little-known Mies that even the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency determined "has no real merit."

•   Litt puts out a warning for preservationists to keep an eye on Philip Johnson's 1983 Cleveland Play House: it's up for sale and weak preservation laws could put it at risk.

•   But he's hopeful Cleveland is closer to completing a 20-year vision for new downtown waterfront.

•   King cheers the makeover of a 1955 San Francisco tower: the re-do "swapped dowdy neglect for 'Mad Men' retro chic."

•   Groves cheers a long-overdue survey of L.A.'s historic buildings with the aim to "understand what remains on the ground, what has been lost and what might be worth saving from the wrecking ball."

•   Brussat is not at all kind to Providence's re-branding efforts: after almost a decade of allowing "ugly modernist buildings" to "snatch defeat from the jaws of victory," it's "shooting its excellent brand in the foot."

•   SFMOMA has big expansion plans.

•   CABE gets behind Rogers' plans for Chelsea Barracks (though suggests the landscape design needs more work).

•   Ouroussoff offers high praise for Polshek's Standard Hotel on the High Line: it's "serious architecture...the kind of straightforward, thoughtfully conceived building that is all too rare in the city today" (great slide show, too).

•   Gehry talks about his latest projects, people who copy his work, and why he'll never do a building for Donald Trump.

•   Winners all: AJ100 shortlist 2009. - Montreal and NYC designers take the spotlight in Lighting Up the Gesù Ideas Competition. - Trimo Urban Crash international competition honor student design from Slovenia, Italy, and Japan.

•   Call for entries: Spark Awards 2009 innovation and design competition.

•   We couldn't resist (and neither could Kamin): a roundup of some amusing nicknames for Hadid and van Berkel's Millennium Park pavilions.


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