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Today’s News - Tuesday, June 1, 2010

•   ArcSpace brings us an eyeful of Lynn's "Fountain" of prefabricated plastic whale and shark teeter totters.

•   Hume has nothing but high praise for the Aga Khan's Ismaili complex in Toronto: "Considered simply as an act of city-building, it is unprecedented" (with Maki and Correa at the helm, would you expect anything else?).

•   Webb waxes with wonderful words re: Las Vegas Ruvo Center: "After two decades, Gehry still finds ways to keep his wrapped steel facades fresh" with "a joyful exuberance and geometric invention."

•   Glancey finds Cape Town's Green Point stadium "stunning": it's "enormous, with a delicacy and grace that belies its bulk"; but could it become a white elephant? (great slide show of other World Cup stadiums, too, though nary an architect named).

•   One of these days soon, Astana, Kazakhstan, will have an indoor city of 20,000 (sun bathing and gondola rides included).

•   A de Portzamparc-designed $1.3 billion skyscraper headed for Manhattan's West 57th Street ("as brokers keep their fingers crossed").

•   Bernstein on a small handful of starchitects' protégés finding fame on their own.

•   Hawthorne reports on Eli Broad narrowing his shortlist down from six to two for L.A. Grand Ave. museum (now all he needs is site approval).

•   Rochon on the "stunning overhaul of the long-abandoned podium roof" of Toronto's City Hall + Kuitenbrouwer declares it "a triumph...a new public park in the city's heart, environmentally sound and breathtakingly beautiful."

•   An eyeful of San Francisco's ultimate urban mixed-use project in the Presidio: architects, artists design nests, domes, and towers for the birds (and the occasional bat or garter snake).

•   Kamin's "architectural face-off" between Chicago and Philadelphia (never mind the Stanley Cup showdown).

•   At the Shanghai Expo, "Spirit of Innovation" pavilion showcases Sweden's creative way to improve the urban environment (it's reusable, too).

•   What Gen Y's want in their workplace: to "see and feel the greenness...mere compliance isn't enough."

•   "AIA Guide to New York City" updated for the first time in 10 years: "like the previous editions, it is a witty, informative and delightful critique" (book launch tomorrow at the Center for Architecture).

•   A good reason to spend some time in Madrid in July: AA/IE Madrid Summer School: "Bleaching Green" will explore the relation between architecture and energy use in dense cities.

•   Di Paola's suggestion for BP re: oil spill: it "should welcome and try every proposal, offer of help and cocktail-napkin drawing they receive. With the oil leak so out of control...now might be the time for desperate measures."



  


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