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Today’s News - Tuesday, August 17, 2010

•   St. Louis unveiled the CityArchRiver2015 finalists' designs this morning (lots of info & pix) + "The concepts are intricate and energizing, a sublime mix of small, medium and monumental...What a choice. What a chance."

•   Lincoln, Nebraska, gives its residents the chance to help shape its 30-year city-county master plan.

•   Sydney's Barangaroo development raising hackles: changes to the approved concept plan would dramatically increase building heights and shrink the public promenade by half + the National Trust calls it "an architectural, historical and financial disaster" and "a dumping ground for poor government policy."

•   Urban guerillas (a.k.a. "urban repair squad") make over some of São Paulo's "woefully pedestrian-unfriendly streets" with crosswalks and signage (our fave: "Lives: Go Slowly"); we're cheered to hear it's "a growing worldwide trend" (great pix, links).

•   Glancey on the rise of "junkitecture" and the Jellyfish, "Britain's first fully functioning recycled theatre...this is not some trippy 1960s-style architectural happening, but a serious, if good-natured, public building project."

•   Webb waxes poetic re: Nouvel's "study in scarlet that is one of the boldest and most effective" Serpentine Pavilions to date.

•   Kamin on plans to expand a historic Chicago church: high-rise no longer included.

•   Sozanski takes on Philly museums' penchant to "build spaces for gatherings, not galleries...Art museums 'not just about art' - how pathetically sad"; on the upside, they might "attract customers who don't care beans for art but just like to hang out in classy surroundings."

•   Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace now restored heritage suites "opened their doors to guests Sunday - much grander than ever."

•   AIA 2010 CAE Educational Facility Design Award winners announced.

•   Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation hires an archive expert to suggest ways to protect and share thousands of documents left behind by the master (might a new home for the archive at Taliesin West follow?).

•   University of Rhode Island discovers buried treasures: WPA murals hidden for decades beneath drywall.

•   Could California's Proposition 23 re: global warming measures also suspend other landmark environmental rules? (let's hope not!)

•   Ending on a brighter note: German architecture students combine "pretentious archi-speak and beer" to construct the Boxel summer pavilion, a "swooping canopy of more than 2,000 empty beer boxes (we want one!).


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