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Today’s News - Thursday, February 25, 2010

•   Russell's take on new U.S. Embassy in London: the "discreetly fortified and ambitiously, conspicuously green eco-cube" doesn't "coalesce into a persuasive statement about America."

•   Some interesting facts about the embassy's nabe: "can the state department have been aware that Battersea is the last resting place of their nation's revolutionary war turncoat, Benedict Arnold?"

•   Staying in the neighborhood, Vinoly's Battersea Power Station plans get two important thumbs-ups.

•   Sokol scopes out 2012 Olympics: stressing "efficiency over spectacle...echoes the design decisions made in Vancouver, and foreshadows Rio de Janeiro - "Beijing's wonders may have marked the tail end of an architectural comet" (great slide show).

•   L.A. has ambitious plans to cap freeways with parks.

•   Big plans for Budapest Museum of Fine Arts expansion.

•   The National Museum of Women in the Arts to turn D.C. corridor into sculpture alley (bathing beauties included).

•   To show off local talent, the Design Museum Boston will be a nomadic museum making its home in empty storefronts around the state.

•   Dyckhoff walks around Fehlbaum's "astonishing shrine to design" with the "Willy Wonka of design" himself: "Good or bad architects charge the same fees. Why not take the time to find a good one?"

•   Brussat ponders: "How creative can you get in toying with traditional architecture and still be traditional?" (and why is it Stern hasn't gotten the Driehaus Prize yet?)

•   Q&A with Idenburg re: "Pole Dance" at P.S.1, architectural cynicism, and striking the perfect balance between whimsy and anxiety.

•   Q&A with Safdie re: his commitment to his firm's fellowship program - even in a recession. "We've shrunk the office, but not the fellowship."

•   Henriquez tours the "quirky nooks and crannies" of Woodward's, and his quest for justice and equality: "Social justice issues are now very separate from what most architecture is about. That's a very unfortunate reality in our profession."

•   Saskatoon moves beyond the brainstorming stage toward a blueprint that could see an architecture school built in downtown.

•   Bad news for Looney Ricks Kiss tempered by expectations of a silver lining.

•   TCLF releases 4th illustrated, online "Pioneers" Oral History: Lawrence Halprin.

•   Obama to nominate Stephen Ayers as Architect of the Capitol (he's been doing a good job as temporary AOC).

•   An interesting new direction for Domus (now we know what Storefront's Joseph Grima is up to).

•   Dattner and Samton offer their tributes to Norval White, "the irrepressible champion of New York architecture" and "sharp-witted editor of the AIA Guide to New York City."

•   Call for entries: All That Glitters Is Good: A Competition of Taste and Glitter (an amusing challenge).

•   We couldn't resist: Rose ruminates on an amusing proposal to demolish Buckingham Palace and replace it with an eco-friendly replica (a Palace spokesperson was "bemused").


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