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Today’s News - Monday, January 4, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're back - with Happy New Year wishes to all! There's a lot of catching up to do (and, as expected, lots of year/decade in review and forecasts for the future). As ArchNewsNow.com enters its 8th year, our hopes are high (and fingers crossed) that it will be a brighter new year for everyone.

•   ArcSpace brings us Chipperfield in Anchorage, and Perrault in Seoul.

•   We are deeply saddened by the passing of Norval White - so close to the release of his 5th AIA Guide to New York City.

•   Hawthorne on the Burj Dubai: if it is "too shiny, confidently designed and expertly engineered to be a ruin itself, it is surely the marker - the tombstone - for some ruined ideas."

•   Kamin is a bit kinder: "It is a luminous, light-catching skyscraper that looks like a skyscraper - ridiculously tall, but exquisitely sculpted, elegantly detailed and unapologetically exultant"; and a profile of the architect behind it: Adrian Smith marries "poetry and pragmatism," and "designs with an eye toward economical construction and function, not just surface dazzle."

•   Meanwhile Dubai's "The World" archipelago may not be totally under water: an Austrian investor says he will soon proceed with construction on the island of "Germany."

•   Ouroussoff gets the scoop on a pharmaceuticals giant's hidden campus designed by (another) gathering of starchitects: have they managed "to make a rigidly controlled, insulated environment that is also human?"

•   Russell has a most interesting conversation with the mastermind behind CityCenter re: "how big-name architects figured into a city defined by fantasy and spectacle" (hint: Ground Zero played a part).

•   Kennicott finds CityCenter "strangely isolated and insular...It's good, as far as it goes, but is it really revolutionary? Is this the sort of thing that progressive architects should be involved in?"

•   Q & A with Pelli re: CityCenter: "This is a project of many, many architects working simultaneously...getting here is a surprise and a miracle and we all still remain friends."

•   Looking forward:

•   Now it's done, CityCenter architects face a future of far fewer high-profile projects (if there will be any).

•   Lewis offers some predictions for the future: smart growth, density, and sustainable design among the obvious; as for architectural styles: we will "have plenty of them, and regrettably plenty of not-so-beautiful buildings, regardless of their style."

•   Rawsthorne on a new wave of designers redefining "their discipline as something that does more than produce "things... Let's hope design does better in the next decade."

•   Hawthorne offers up some faces to watch in 2010.

•   Looking back:

•   Rochon says "the boom has slowed, but the pause is making room for some serious assessments of what it means to build with care."

•   King looks at architectural trends of the decade: "iconic museums! stratospheric towers! Let's hope that when architectural ambitions come back, the I-word doesn't" + plus his pick of Top 10 San Francisco projects that (hopefully) portend a trend where "neighborhoods count for more than icons."

•   Kennicott's take on the decade: the most encouraging trend was green design, and "'starchitect'...became something of a dirty word, as momentum grew for a new kind of modesty and problem-solving, rather than flamboyance and busted budgets."

•   Some surprises in a round-up of the "Brightest Green Projects of 2009."

•   Inaugural Imagine H2O Prize finalists are "awash with innovative ideas."



  


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