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Today’s News - Monday, May 11, 2009

•   ArcSpace takes us to Tinsel Town and Second Life (and the first virtual world architect to be included in a Tashen book).

•   Ouroussoff finds revised WTC transit hub plan "heart wrenching...what once promised to be one of ground zero's most triumphant architectural achievements is hollow at its core."

•   Calatrava calls transit hub a challenge; no comment on the politics: "I am just a simple architect."

•   Mo' bad news at Ground Zero? A few planned towers may morph into 4-5-story "stumps."

•   As for One WTC (a.k.a. Freedom Tower): "Its tortuous saga shows what can happen when too much is asked of a building."

•   Glancey, Bayley, and an impressive handful of architects re: the endless saga of the Prince vs. architects - and his much anticipated RIBA speech: architects are "steeling themselves for another royal broadside"; "With a mixture of masochistic dread and horrified fascination, the profession is wondering what he is going to say now"; Boycott! (will it all be over tomorrow? it's been so much fun...)

•   Ponce de Leon calls for finding new ways to address the challenges of our time - beginning with architecture schools - or the profession runs "the risk of relegating to other fields the cultural power of design as an agent for social change."

•   Davidson dallies around Lincoln Center: the face-lift is "treating the buildings with clarity, tenderness, and, when it's needed, unsentimental rigor"; Pogrebin reports on its progress: "redevelopment is not without remaining challenges."

•   Calys cheers SFMOMA's "ultra chic rooftop garden": it's "the detailing, the connections that separate the merely good from the excellent."

•   Planting pavilions: SANAA for the Serpentine and newcomer Tina Manis Associates for the Art Fund.

•   Bayley on the Design Museum's plans for Commonwealth Institute: is it really the right place? (Twentieth Century Society says the museum's "rapacious intent" makes it unsuitable for "so distinguished a building").

•   Glancey glowers when important sites become available and all anyone thinks of are "shiny homes for the wealthy."

•   Hatherley wonders why we "shout about preserving our buildings, but are strangely quiet on the issue of council housing."

•   An in-depth look at FLW's Dallas theater, a.k.a. his "little Guggenheim."

•   The auction gavel to be raised on bits and pieces of old Chicago Stock Exchange Building.

•   Cannell offers "This Is Your Brain on Architecture": could neuroscience be the next big design trend?

•   GSA honors National Preservation Month with a new website highlighting its historically and architecturally significant inventory of federal buildings (and lots of 'em).



  


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