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Today’s News - Monday, July 19, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: Just a reminder that we're three hours behind home base for the rest of this week, so newsletter will be arriving a bit later than usual.

•   Lui looks at Hadid's museum in Rome and sees "a reminder that here is a woman at the top of the field - and a testament to the fact that women build, and build well."

•   Koolhaas and Shinohara (posthumously) land Biennale's Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

•   "No Bingo here" as NYC (and other cities) takes major steps to make it easier to grow old in urban centers.

•   A look at DS+R/Rockwell's NEA grant-winning Culture Shed.

•   But it raises Rosenbaum's hackles as "as an inappropriate diversion of federal art funds" that should go towards cultural programming, not its design and construction.

•   Studies indicate we can link green buildings with improved productivity, but...

•   A call for more LEED verification.

•   Moore marvels at the Wales Institute for Sustainable Education that is "more than just a checklist of green materials and practices. It is also a triumph of modernism and minimalism."

•   Bernstein x 2: the (once stalled) Houses at Sagaponac Modernist development in East Hampton turns to designers of prefabricated buildings.

•   He finds the U.S. pavilion at World Expo a "flop" - a "bland tribute to 'community'" with "all the appeal of a suburban multiplex" (designed by a Canadian, no less).

•   The Shanghai Expo is a spectacle that puts a spotlight on the "changing drama of urban China" that is both "plausible and fallible" (Ai Weiwei calls it "a fake smile").

•   Merrick on the V&A's "hopes to leave the past behind" in another try to expand - next step: another competition; meanwhile, design studies on view range from "easily buildable" to "blingtastic."

•   Glancey reports from atop London's Strata (amidst the wind turbines): is it "a green gimmick - or the future?" - time will tell, but he does seem to like it.

•   Hawthorne is a bit more iffy about L.A.'s newest (and very, very expensive) school: certain elements "show initiative and strength," but the "final result wraps both ham-handed reverence for history and naked disdain for it inside a single architectural package" (it's not all the architect's fault).

•   A look at key trends in airport design hints at what we can expect in the airport of 2030.

•   Hess calls San Jose airport's new Terminal B "stunning - but also a missed opportunity for originality": for all "its sleek, shape-shifting form," it "also resembles other air terminals the world over."

•   Londonderry to be the first British City of Culture in 2013.

•   AIA 2010 Small Project Awards (apologies for incorrect link in Friday's newsletter).

•   We couldn't resist: luscious eyefuls of P.S.1 and Serpentine Pavilions.

•   Call for entries: Richard L. Blinder Award for the best proposal exploring preservation.


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