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Today’s News - Thursday, August 6, 2009

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're taking Friday's off through August - we'll be back Monday, August 10.

•   Chakrabarti charts many aspects of NYC's Grand Central Terminal, including how it has transformed urban and regional economies.

•   Glancey hikes up to Mount Snowdon's "magical mountaintop cafe" and cheers "a truly heroic design and building process" resulting in "engineering sorcery and magical architecture" (great pix, too).

•   A young architect launches a new nonprofit to offer architectural assistance to the Tibetan exile community living in northeast India.

•   An eyeful of the 7 finalists in "Intersections: Grand Concourse Beyond 100" Ideas Competition.

•   A shipping container design wins dockland competition for a new civic and public space for Dublin.

•   ASLA's latest handy resource guide, Sustainable Urban Development, includes tools for fighting sprawl, sustainable zoning, the reuse of brownfields, and much more.

•   Alsop quits Archial "to spend more time painting" - though he'll still consult (or will he?).

•   Whiting leaves Princeton U. to head Rice University School of Architecture.

•   Call for entries: HOW International Design Awards.

•   Weekend diversions: A new tour in Lyon spotlights avant-garde housing projects once considered utopian models (2 Corbu's included).

•   Huxtable finds all's Wright with the world at the Guggenheim for the cognoscenti (but "the average viewer is going to have a hard time of it").

•   Lifson riffs on the spiral on Fifth.

•   AIANY's Center for Architecture is one of NYC's "not-boring museums" (you might even find yourself rubbing elbows "with architectural rock stars").

•   A good reason to return to Woodstock: 16 architects' fanciful "memorials" to Henry Hudson.

•   Three takes on MoMA's "Ron Arad: No Discipline" - all agree the title is most fitting.

•   Hawthorne goes to the movies: "(500) Days of Summer" is about obsessions of an aspiring architect, where downtown L.A. looks like "an architectural guidebook come to celluloid life" (and nary an icon in sight).

•   Page turners: "49 Cities" poses the question: "might non-judgmental reassessment of these projects allow us to recompose the language of urban planning outside of traditional partisan arguments?"

•   "Hadid, Complete Works 1979-2009" is a "monumental monograph" that charts her "slow ascent to stardom."

•   "10x10/3 - 100 architects, 10 critics" aims high and "a pleasure to flick through," but is not more "than a look-book catalogue of the current milieu."


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