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Today’s News - Wednesday, November 18, 2009

•   Goldberger and Gardner have two very different takes on Nouvel's new Manhattan tower: one cheers "the art of the façade" (and the interiors are great, too); the other finds it proof that NYC "is the place where some of the world's best architects come to create some of their dullest buildings."

•   Pearman finds Hadid's Maxxi "mesmerizing" - "old-school Zaha, still with echoes of her early built projects" (in a neighborhood formerly of interest only to soldiers and architecture buffs).

•   Farrelly wonders if the "ongoing trickle" of "tinkerings" to the Sydney Opera House gives Utzon "the last laugh after all": some parts "are quite nicely done, in a sensible-shoes sort of way."

•   Utzon fil is very pleased with the results - and thinks his father would be, too: "even icons have to move with the times."

•   H&deM's grand plans for Lord's cricket grounds in London are "spectacular" and "breathtaking" (lots of pix).

•   Calgary picks three finalists to vie for new pedestrian bridge: the selections signal it will be a "less out-there design" than Calatrava's neighboring Peace Bridge.

•   Hawthorne compares, in urban and architectural terms, the Beverly Hills and Santa Monica sites that could be home to Broad's new museum.

•   Hume cheers KPF's new Toronto office tower: "a complex of rare elegance" that "represents a genuine act of city-building, not just another tower."

•   Anderton chats with experts and architects about whether architecture can change the perception, and practice, of policing; Keenen Ivory Wayans' sustainable supersized (16,000sf!) house; and the case for an Eli Broad art museum in Santa Monica.

•   Poland's foreign minister calls for the demolition of the Polish Palace of Culture and Science: the communist-era monolith is very expensive to maintain, "colossally wasteful of energy," and too expensive to renovate (Warsaw would be better off with a park in its place).

•   Rockwell tapped a second time to design sets for the 82nd Academy Awards.

•   'Tis the time of year when everyone makes lists: The most original offices around the world (some surprises); 50 Best and 5 Worst Inventions of 2009 (some familiar, some not); 10 Green Startups to Watch (some very interesting building materials).

•   Call for entries:

•   Transform interiors of the former Commonwealth Institute for London Design Museum (must play nice with Rem, we assume).

•   2010 Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition: One Design Fix for the Future (nice cash prize for "one small (but brilliant and elegant) fix").

•   ASLA 2010 Professional & Student Awards.


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