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Today’s News - Monday, August 17, 2009

EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for our unexplained unexpected family emergency took us to a land of limited Internet access with no opportunity to notify ArchNewsNow readers. Many thanks for the numerous notes of concern - it's nice to know we were missed - and even better to be back! So much to catch up with...

•   ArcSpace offers an eyeful of Holl's Knut Hamsun Center in Norway.

•   Glancey finds it "as challenging as it is hauntingly beautiful."

•   Why Beijing "may see itself rising up the list of livable cities" (thanks to architects "seeking to prioritize" people - what a concept!).

•   Ouroussoff thinks H&deM's new design for the Parrish Art Museum "will be a perfectly nice place," but fears it is a sign of "a creeping conservatism...that leaves little room for creative invention."

•   Russell fears that putting Penn Station's makeover on the back burner will prove "skimping on inspiring architecture is millions wise, billions foolish."

•   Rochon is betting on Calgary's "ambition to grow a city with beauty as a matter of dignity" that will include Calatrava's bridge; and an impressive shortlist for new music center proves "the city is ready to take risks."

•   Prince Charles does it again: this time he has Nouvel in his crosshairs.

•   An impressive new shortlist for Chelsea Barracks (and nary a prince's favorite among 'em).

•   GSA decides to forego Foster and buy American for 50 UN Plaza renovation in San Francisco.

•   Hawthorne gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Rotondi's Madame Tussauds in Hollywood: "It is iconoclasm as infill."

•   A new report aims to help companies avoid greenwashing.

•   Finch named as new chairman of CABE.

•   Hume says Alsop's "excellent Toronto adventure is about to get even more excellent."

•   Pogrebin on the diminishing ranks of the New York Five.

•   Brussat is brutal about most of the Reburbia competition finalists; and today is your last chance to vote for readers' choice: "just like in high school, the sexy designs are getting the attention while the zoning-policy proposals sit all by themselves in the cafeteria" (time to vote for an underdog?).

•   Peters hangs out at one of the design world's best kept secrets: a summer camp for designers.


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