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Today’s News - Monday, May 17, 2010

•   ArcSpace brings us an eyeful of Gehry's New World Symphony in Miami.

•   Bernstein begs to differ with Szenasy's take on Gehry's grumblings about green design.

•   A big win for Woods Bagot in China.

•   Big plans (with big names attached) for 369 acres of Chicago's South Side waterfront.

•   Kamin rhapsodizes about Chicago architects transforming "prosaic terraces into visual poetry" (with a few clunkers mixed in).

•   Moore finds KPF's Heron Tower "like a city suit: bespoke, well made, but with a hint of aggression"; he's less kind to Ban's Pompidou Metz, which "cross-bred with the concept of a civic monument, has become ponderous and confused."

•   Heathcote finds the Pompidou Metz "an eccentric and frankly ugly building on the wrong side of the tracks" that "conspires to make its grim post-industrial surroundings even less attractive (but it "will be good for the city").

•   de Monchaux, on the other hand, finds Phifer's North Carolina Museum of Art "a manifesto for movement between nature and architecture" so that "when you arrive, you belong."

•   Phoenix's new Musical Instrument Museum is a "rhapsody in sage" that's "less about architecture and more about variety and rhythm."

•   Haworth Tompkins unveils its proposal for £50 million transformation of Denys Lasdun's 1976 National Theatre.

•   Gardner finds an "infallible sense of proportion" in the newest condo on the High Line that is able "to reawaken in the stale idiom of early modernism an unexpected richness and inventiveness."

•   Construction of Syracuse's three "From the Ground Up" green homes enters the home stretch, with hopes to replicate elsewhere.

•   An architect offers up "two excellent examples of neighborhood planning and architectural design that are informed by the two most influential components of New Urbanism."

•   A Virginia Tech student wins competition to design Wyclef Jean's Yéle Music Studio in Haiti.

•   Iran is invited to Venice Biennale of Architecture for the first time.

•   A variety of reports from Shanghai Expo: "serious business with a side of campy fun (a strand of van Gogh's hair, anyone?); the Expo is big, and "not surprising that the standout art form is the biggest one of all: architecture"; and low attendance leaves some worried (free tickets in the offing?).



  


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