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Today’s News - Thursday, March 11, 2010

•   Controversy continues to bubble around Sydney's Barangaroo development plans: Thalis and bunches of other architects offer their thumbs-down - and ups (from the video, it looks like a lotta concrete to us).

•   Davidson takes on Columbia's metal-jacketed science building and Barnard's bronzed-glass Diana Center: "Scientists at Work" vs. "scholarship and hanging out."

•   International Criminal Court in The Hague drops original winning design and opts for a runner-up (no explanation provided).

•   Another take on some big plans for Cleveland's Gardens Under Glass in a slowly dying mall.

•   Gardner gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Lincoln Center's reconceived Harmony Atrium (green walls included).

•   Bernstein looks at a battle brewing in Berkeley: can a 10,000-square-foot mansion (10-car garage included) really be considered green?

•   Rybczynski on the Bauhaus and why we're still fascinated by it: "efficiency was never the point" - it "was always more about aesthetics than performance."

•   Great Q&A's: Krisel re: why architects "have landed in a ditch"; Moggridge re: Cooper-Hewitt and why he sees himself as more of a design apologist than a practitioner; and UNESCO World Heritage's Bandarin re: cultural landscapes.

•   Princeton's architecture school may be unaccredited and "focuses more on creativity rather than on building regulations," but students are happy.

•   Eyefuls of winner and finalists for proposed Newark Visitor Center.

•   Call for entries (lots of 'em): Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk (RFQ deadline looms) - Le taxi prend ses aires! Ideas Competition for taxi stands in Montreal. - Inaugural international Designing the Parks Annual Awards to recognize outstanding examples of recent public park design. - Tempelhof Parkland in Berlin. - Strand Book Store Tote Bag Design Contest.

•   We couldn't resist: winner picked in NYC condom logo competition (not our first choice).


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