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Today’s News - Tuesday, March 23, 2010

•   An architect muses on architecture in the digital age (and why it's a good idea for architects to get with it).

•   Nouvel x 3: he's tapped to design this year's Serpentine pavilion; per Dyckhoff, it "will either prove there's life in the old dog yet, or put dancing shoes on a corpse. Either way it'll be a show not to miss."

•   Ouroussoff waxes poetic (again) about the master's Qatar museum: it may be his "most overtly poetic act of cultural synthesis yet."

•   Russell sits down for a chat in his "insect eye condo" on Manhattan's 11th Avenue to talk about everything (except Qatar): unlike many Pritzker winners, "he likes to design housing."

•   Gehry visits his Ruvo Center in Las Vegas and likes what he sees: "It took my breath away...some people may think it's over the top. I don't think so."

•   Bernstein visits CityCenter, designed by a "Rat pack" of starchitects: can it move sin city's design standards "beyond the ersatz"; if it fails, it "could impact what gets built, far beyond the Las Vegas Strip, for decades" (great slide show).

•   Asymptote's 166 Perry St. is NYC "deserves celebration...a sculptural marvel filled with nuances and hints on how to live in a new age."

•   King on the rumor mill swirling around SFMOMA's search for architect: insiders say there's no short list, but "rumors and speculation are more fun, and both are heating up."

•   Jahn and Amtrak (with some big names hoping to get on board) on different tracks for Chicago high-speed rail: "both plans are insufficient."

•   Carter Craft's preview of MoMA's "Rising Currents" is a must-read (especially if you can't get to the show): with so many good ideas, the question isn't "whose scheme is the best?" but, "when do we bring the Cost Estimators in?"

•   An Inverness architect calls for a change in attitude if the city wants to get off the Carbuncle Award nomination list: "it is because those who have the power to address the problem are the ones creating it" (that includes architects).

•   NYU's 20-year expansion plans extend well beyond Greenwich Village, but neighbors and preservationists remain skeptical.

•   ICC opens the first public version of the International Green Construction Code to public comment; aims to unify green building standards.

•   A Canadian architect says it's time to get beyond shooting for LEED medals, which has "become more important than the original purpose of this green building evaluation system."

•   A British architect on the misuse of claims that buildings meet passivhaus standards.

•   Efforts underway to rebuild Haiti's cathedral; next step: finding an architect who can turn that vision into an actual building.

•   Some more (great) eye candy from Shanghai Expo as "the greatest show on Earth" gets ready to open.

•   Archial's Littlemore explains plan to "exploit the architectural group's most famous brand" as Alsop Sparch: "I've not asked Will Alsop whether he minds, he may or he may not."

•   Brad McKee named editor-in-chief of Landscape Architecture Magazine (a great fit - our heartiest congrats to all!).

•   One we couldn't resist: eyefuls of amazing feats of animal architecture (amazing, indeed - architects: take heed!).


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