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Today’s News - Thursday, May 6, 2010

•   Schumacher says "let the style wars begin": a "new, profound style of architecture for the 21st century will be parametricism" (try saying that fast 3 times) that "aims for hegemony and combats all other styles" (definitely long-form reading).

•   The "uninspiring saga" of the U.S. pavilion in Shanghai and an RFP process "shrouded in secrecy" resulting in "a dull, metal-clad" complex.

•   Glancey says Heatherwick's British pavilion "may be beautiful, but it lacks the crowd-pleasing magic of the great exhibitions age...pavilions have become self-referential artworks" offering alluring nothing.

•   Auckland architects call for saving historic Queens Wharf sheds: "It is inappropriate for an irreversible decision to be made on our behalf, about a public asset...and justifying it with glib and dismissive rhetoric."

•   McDonald on a battle brewing over Dublin Parlour (shipping containers included).

•   Benfield doesn't diss AIA's Top 10 Green award winners, but he wishes the judging criteria included more than just the buildings.

•   A retreat center for a monastery in Madison, WI, is now the top-rated LEED building in the country.

•   Rochon cheers new social housing in Toronto: it delivers "architectural heft and optimism...where people can breathe with their lungs and with their minds."

•   Ouroussoff gives (mostly) thumbs-up to The New School's planned 5th Ave. University Center: "What enlivens the not its bling, but its emphasis on the spectacle of social interaction" (though it "may get more than a few people shaking their fists").

•   GSA picks "small Chicago firm over big-league, eclectic, high-profile shortlist" for a large office project.

•   Stanford University breaks ground on the heart of its arts district.

•   Kikoski's "gutsy" Guggenheim restaurant wins James Beard Award.

•   An eyeful of Kundig's rammed-earth houses in Hawaii - the "ultimate surf shack" (we want one!).

•   Brussat broods over readers' picks for the ugliest buildings in Providence (the "vitriol hurled curled my toenails").

•   Time again for Toronto to pick the good, the bad & the pugly.

•   San Francisco is mapping its urban forest and measures its benefits with a number of metrics.

•   Building materials made from medical waste (how's that for up-cyling?).

•   Call for entries: DETAIL Prize 2011 for innovative details in outstanding overall designs; and Sukkah City: New York City (12 will be built).


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

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