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Today’s News - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

•   Thumbs-up - and down - for Coop Himmelb(l)au's new performing arts high school in L.A.: "So much of the design's energy is devoted to functionless forms...intended to be experienced from the outside; inside, it takes on an "almost barracks-like quality."

•   A look at the five finalists' designs for Auckland's Queens Wharf: "only one set to blow the allocated budget."

•   Montreal's new Biodiversity Centre Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium will be oh-so green.

•   Dillon keeps us up-to-date on the Calatrava bridge saga in Dallas.

•   Populous wins bid to design 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic games in Sochi, Russia.

•   An in-depth look at the first and next 100 years of FLW's Unity Temple (things are not looking too rosy).

•   Huxtable hails "Koolhaas Houselife": its "an affectionate but unflinching look at...what happens to a celebrated building after the photographers are gone."

•   James Wines' thoughtful take on the value of hand drawing.

•   Ando on his winery in Aix-en-Provence and "Sea Forest" project in Tokyo Bay.

•   Green roofs are (slowly) catching on with NYC landlords as valuable tenant amenities.

•   An eyeful of Balmori Associates' "Garden That Climbs Stairs" in Barcelona.

•   Kaufmann finds a new champion for her green prefabs.

•   Qatari investor in Chelsea Barracks and the Shard turns eye on Vietnam, "the world's fourth fastest growing construction market."

•   We couldn't resist: AJ's 1960 review of Corbu's La Tourette: "one is left with grave doubts as to whether this method of design by a single omnipotent architect...can survive much longer."


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