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Today’s News - Wednesday, June 30, 2010

•   Vanity Fair takes on "architecture in the age of Gehry, the complex legacy of Modernism, and the impact of its greatest renegade" + 52 architectural stars name their favorite buildings (most amusing are those who named their own).

•   Stephens takes on the newest land use challenges for planners in California (and perhaps elsewhere): "Defining where 'legal' marijuana could go" is "like fencing in a pasture for unicorns."

•   Iovine on Phifer's North Carolina Museum of Art: it "requires attention and engage with its pleasures"; the architecture is "both wonderful and problematic."

•   The Red Star Line Antwerp warehouse buildings to be restored and re-launched as a museum with an "evocative structure" that "will add a bit of visual drama to its utilitarian brethren."

•   A cotton field by Konyk to bloom under the High Line.

•   Not everyone is thrilled with Guggenheim plans for an extension in Spanish nature reserve.

•   The Art Gallery of Saskatchewan picks design team that is "not interested in designing an object that looks like it fell from the sky" + But why not just invest in renovating and expanding the Mendel Art Gallery, "one of Saskatoon's most important architectural structures," say some.

•   Chelsea Barracks (the news story that just keeps on giving): "Prince Charles believes it is his duty to defend 'ordinary people' against profiteering property developers" (unless you're a resident of his own Duchy).

•   An architect is set to design sets for "Fidelio" in the remains of the last functioning Gulag in Russia.

•   Glancey has an amusing - and telling - sit-down with Lord Foster (one of his 75th birthday gifts to himself: a replica of Bucky's Dymaxion!).

•   Winners all: Heatherwick's Seed Pavilion at Shanghai Expo wins RIBA Lubetkin Prize + 2010 Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award shorlist (it's a doozy) + ASLA 2010 Honors, Medals, and more + Open Source House/OS-House Awards winners.

•   Call for entries: The Future of Competitions - Tell Them What They Need so they again "generate ideas rather than simply deliver solutions."

•   We couldn't resist: Behre discovers guerrilla architecture in Charleston by "a public-spirited yet mischievous group of local architects" (who wish to remain anonymous).


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