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Today’s News - Friday, June 18, 2010

•   Booth on the "meddling prince" and some pesky e-mails revealing his efforts to "scupper modernist design for Chelsea Barracks" (when Charles gets NIMBY-ish, "property developers, architects and planners quake").

•   Saffron gives cheers - and jeers - to "an architectural thought experiment" to transform an old granary: it's "as exciting as anything Philadelphia has seen in years," yet the idea "is as wrongheaded as it is irresistible."

•   An eyeful of Patkau's winning design for low-impact cottages at Fallingwater - "a subtle but provocative scheme burrowed into a high meadow" that "melds into the landscape rather than rivaling Wright's landmark below."

•   Woodman finds Caruso St John's Chiswick House café quite wonderful.

•   A panel discusses the differences between Danish and American approaches to embassy design.

•   Uber-recycling: a Malibu house built from a Boeing 747 is almost ready for takeoff (with pix to prove it).

•   More on Calatrava's ballet adventure: he "soon learned the differences between designing for the confines of the stage and building a full-scale, gravity-defying structure."

•   Australian Institute of Architects hands out 2010 NSW Architecture Awards.

•   Call for entries: "Felicity. Change your city, change your life" international competition for architects and graphic designers.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Glancey rounds up his pick of top 10 London Festival of Architecture treats; and cheers the V&A's "1:1 - Architects Build Small Spaces": "even when they become historic curiosities, these buildings will have something worthwhile to tell us."

•   Long is less laudatory: "the architects involved have responded rather predictably with self-absorbed and, for the most part, rather shallow reflections on what makes a refuge."

•   A "wonderful exhibition" in Vancouver shows off architects' models.

•   In NYC, a Brazilian photographer's seemingly abstract prints are actually "some of the world's most seductive new buildings"; and Creative Time offers free skeleton keys to some of the city's secret places.

•   Vienna rediscovers Joseph Maria Olbrich with his first big exhibition in the city he helped shape (his "cabbage head" building looks amazing!).

•   Mouzon's "Original Green" should be read "by everyone interested in crafting a more sustainable built environment."

•   "Boathouses" by Mornement richly illustrates how "these once little-loved sheds have metamorphosed into breathtaking residences which are, frankly, too good for simply housing a boat."

•   "The Houses of Greenwich Village" by Murphy and Rocheleau is "a beautiful book...that is also quite thoughtful...there is a lot more behind these brick facades than meets the eye."


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

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