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Today’s News - Thursday, April 23, 2009

•   Walker offers an excellent round-up of the austerity vs. extravagance debate.

•   Anderton, Gehry, and Sinclair debate: Is it goodbye to architectural excess?

•   Hume defends (good) starchitecture: "In our rush to throw out the iconic we are in danger of chucking the brilliant."

•   Glancey enters the Chelsea Barracks fray: it's more "a case of overdevelopment rather than one of style."

•   Farrelly takes on planners, their "silly ideas," and architects who, "unabashed, exploit them."

•   Saffron brings back waterfront lessons from San Francisco: "There's no reason Philadelphia couldn't follow a similar path."

•   A sweeping plan to green NYC's existing building stock (of course there are skeptics).

•   Goodbye Gropius: Kamin on Chicago's Olympic Village plan: would replace "quality with mediocrity. That would make its new village an urban-planning tragedy of Olympic proportions."

•   London picks team to convert 2012 Olympic and Paralympic venues to post-game use.

•   Hadid on hold in Dubai, while Foster scoops a big one.

•   National Children's Museum (finally) unveils design: it will be green in building and content.

•   Sydney Opera House to take on Chinese hues.

•   Carbone reviews Pei's Pyramid 20 years later: the "design was more about urbanism than architecture."

•   Groves visits a Hearst beach mansion returned to glory as a community beach house: 'Oh, if only the sand and sea could talk."

•   Even with its Brutalist overtones, Brussat cheers a new park under a new bridge as being "among the most intriguing urban spaces" he's seen.

•   Good news: the Architectural Billings Index jumps 8 points in March; but the up tick "should be viewed with cautious optimism."

•   Peters back from SmartGeometry 2009: "this may be what keeps the industry competitive in these bleak economic times."


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