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Today’s News - Thursday, October 8, 2009

•   Ouroussoff on plans for the Barnes Foundation's new home: "Can a design convey an institution's feelings of guilt? The answers...are not reassuring."

•   Hawthorne on Dallas's new performing arts center: it feels somewhat "stuck in something of a time warp" (not the fault of the architecture).

•   Projects waiting in wings of the Dallas Arts District: they have plenty of the right location, but, sadly, lousy timing.

•   Kamin calls for Gropius's Reese complex to be spared now that Chicago's Olympic Village plan is "an instant relic."

•   Brussat isn't thrilled with the Gazprom tower, but its location is better than "13 squat Gazproms scattered within St. Petersburg's historic center."

•   Preservationists still concerned about Dept. of Homeland Security HQ plans for historic psychiatric hospital campus.

•   Controversy swirling around $60 million renovation of Paris's Hôtel Lambert could lead to the princely purchaser to abandon his plans.

•   It looks like NYC's Moynihan Station plans might be moving forward (again), but will any of the previous station designs survive in this latest iteration?

•   Starchitecture is alive and well in Middle East, with clients moving "beyond thinking iconic" to "wanting the architecture to have meaning."

•   Saffron cheers Philadelphia's first green hotel with "just the right amount of bling."

•   Crosbie cheers a New Haven magnet school that weaves "arts education and the life of the city together at a single street corner, celebrating both."

•   Public schools across the U.S. are beginning to use art in their buildings to inspire and teach.

•   Glancey on Pei's RIBA Gold Medal win: "The quiet geometries of this...architect make him an unfashionable but deserving recipient."

•  - Foster funds a Yale professorship.

•   Report from World Habitat Day 2009: "Will we shape the forces driving people to cities or let these forces drive us?"

•   CUF report "Building New York City's Innovation Economy" (perhaps lessons for other urban centers?).

•   Good reasons to head to New Zealand and Toronto: Auckland Architecture Week; and Explore Design '09, an education fair for youth dedicated to design, art and technology.

•   Call for entries: 24th Annual EDGE Award for Exhibit Design and Graphic Excellence.



  


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