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Today’s News - Monday, June 22, 2009

•   ArcSpace brings us a green architecture exhibition at Denmark's Louisiana Museum, and Moss's Art Tower in L.A.

•   Philadelphia (finally) approves "Civic Vision" plan for riverfront, but not all are pleased - and good news for the city's historic interiors.

•   Saffron cheers Philly putting City Hall Dilworth Plaza re-do on the fast track, but even with "much to admire...the design still has some miles to go."

•   Anderton chats it up with Hawthorne, Lehrer, Fisher, and others about L.A.'s newest public spaces.

•   Speck offers Oklahoma City ways to make downtown a more vibrant place, but his "report challenges several initiatives under way."

•   Oxford offers up new visions for its city streets.

•   Can IQuilt scheme for Hartford's downtown weave its parts into a whole?

•   Crosbie crows about Pelli's Science Center: a "dazzling jewel...filled with uplifting spaces and be sensitive to its urban context" and a "civic gift" to Harford.

•   Rochon makes a pilgrimage to the land of Aalto: "The Finnish approach to architecture is a sobering yet exhilarating antidote to a world gone mad for excessive and absurdly expensive design."

•   Bayley's opinion re: the battle for Chelsea Barracks: "The fabulous absurdity of the media 'debate' between Prince Charles and Richard Rogers is that each is a historical relic" (and both sides should lose the argument).

•   A new generation of British architects finds the debate "an irrelevance"; their watchword "is not modernity but modesty...well suited to straitened times."

•   Tschumi's Acropolis Museum may "never become a landmark building like Utzon's Sydney Opera House or Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao," but once you're inside, his "vision is clear."

•   New design for Nets Arena hopes to create a "Brooklyn brand" by "embracing its historical image as a working-class industrial hub" (we think that's meant as a compliment).

•   An eyeful of OMA/Urbanus winning design for Shenzhen Crystal Island - to be a focal point for the city's creative industries.

•   KPMB tapped for a (majorly-scaled-back) facelift for Hardy's 1974 Minneapolis Orchestra Hall.

•   Norten's new luxury rental tower in Manhattan has all the bells and whistles (and your downstairs neighbors will love munching apples).

•   And eyeful of one of three shortlisted proposals for Berlin's Tempelhof Airport.

•   Glancey goes to the shore: "it looks as if the seaside pier, that odd marriage of playful architecture and ingenious engineering, is staging a comeback."

•   Call for entries: 2009 Carbuncle Cup the "most hideous new building" in the U.K. (this should be fun).

•   We couldn't resist: Rainbow Room is closing its doors - and views (we're so sad - our favorite place in its pre-Cipriani days).


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