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Today’s News - Monday, May 3, 2010

•   ArcSpace brings us C.F. Møller's apartment tower in Aarhus, Denmark, that "protrudes into the light and the landscape like Lego bricks."

•   Hume fumes that hockey has trumped good planning for Toronto's Lower Don Lands waterfront: it's "a tale of mediocrity told by a cast of characters" ranging from the mayor "to a faceless but senior bureaucrat" (no wonder Greenberg quit).

•   Deutsche Bank conversion of its Frankfurt HQ "towers of gorgonian ugly" to LEED Platinum is all well and good - except it's really just turning "horrid '80s towers into horrid '80s eco-towers."

•   Historic preservation in Shanghai is slowly beginning to take hold - but it takes a lot of work.

•   Malcolm Fraser puts the pedal to the metal to save a listed 1898 electric car factory from demolition and convert it for modern use.

•   With residents growing restless waiting for visible action on the new Cleveland Convention Center and Medical Mart, Cleveland commissioners finally name an urban design/landscape architecture team.

•   A legislative proposal to help take green infrastructure methods from theory to practice is gaining support on Capitol Hill, but there are a range of obstacles.

•   Moore cheers plans for 6 more Maggie's Centers, but do they really need to be designed by starchitects?

•   Rosenbaum takes on the NYT for creating a "crisis of confidence" for the Whitney's planned High Line branch: "If this effort fails, New York, not just the Whitney, will be the poorer."

•   Kennicott cheers the "fine temper" of Mather's new wing for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

•   Maschal cheers Botta's Bechtler Museum in Charlotte: he "is not just a great architect. He is a magician" who has "created a building that seems alive."

•   Safdie's "art path" for Singapore's Marina Bay Sands will have visitors "sure to be wowed by the seamless integration of both stunning architecture and public art" (great pix + link to Q&A).

•   Maya Lin and Michael Van Valkenburgh team up to design "an oasis for a St. Louis medical campus that greens the city beyond."

•   How creative solutions get hospital projects built, even in a down economy.

•   Glancey has nothing but glowing things to say about the conversion of London's historic Midland Grand Hotel into St Pancras Chambers (great pix - we'd settle for just the tub in the clock tower pad).

•   Kennicott compares Cret and Warnecke: "if the former succeeded and the latter failed, it is, in part, because of the role that power and self-confidence plays in the prevailing architectural fantasy of Washington."

•   Berkeley Prize 2010 Essay Prize, Travel Fellows, and Architectural Design Fellow announced.


Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture

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