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Today’s News - Thursday, June 18, 2009

•   Lively Q&A with the winning team behind the Queens Plaza improvement project: "Repurposing of the city can make a dinosaur into an incredible asset" (great pix).

•   Big plans for Coney Island redevelopment get an important thumbs-up; not all are pleased.

•   Kamin previews Van Berkel's temporary Millennium Park pavilion: "at once thoughtful and delightful, packing just enough bling to stand up to the park's star attractions" (great pix, too).

•   Hume cheers Toronto's new WaveDeck: "It is exactly this kind of design excellence and boldness that will bring the waterfront back to life."

•   We were going to swear off any more Chelsea Barracks, but how could we resist:

•   Pearman (for the WSJ, no less): "It could be argued that Charles has usurped one architectural firm in order to hand a fat commission to another - his own."

•   Stewart says "almost no-one has come out of this looking good; not architects, nor journalists, nor royalists."

•   Letts lets loose with "the voice of the little man against big-swank architecture."

•   First signs of who might be on Qatari Diar's new shortlist, and a call to boycott the new competition.

•   Heathcote visits Ando and Piano galleries in Venice: the city "has become even richer through these new interventions, a welcome relief from all those frescoes. And all that beauty."

•   Q&A with Tschumi re: Elgin Marbles - keeping them in London any longer is now an "untenable" situation.

•   UCSF new cancer research building "reflects the university's quixotic and misguided belief that design guidelines can elevate anonymous, bulky buildings into the realm of significant architecture" (read: it's not Vinoly's fault).

•   Sears Tower's new skydeck on the 103rd floor offers a rare vantage point: straight down (shades of Grand Canyon?).

•   Kitchener library expanding with a green makeover.

•   Some interesting experiments in living on water, but "the era of marine communities springing up with Toll Brothers-like efficiency is years away."

•   Call for entries: International Urban Landscape Award (IULA) 2009 Competition.


Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture

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