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Today’s News - Wednesday, August 18, 2010

•   Hawthorne, Anderton, and others pay tribute to the "Grand Poobah of West Hollywood" and urban designer John Chase.

•   Russell takes umbrage with "bashing architects with lawsuits" and bemoans the fact the "risk aversion has become the rule" that kills innovation.

•   Filler deconstructs Prince Charles and his over-the-top reactions to "various and sundry affronts to his very particular and sometimes very peculiar notions of how life should be lived" (could it have anything to do with inbreeding?).

•   Even with Balmond and Ushida Findlay on board, Kapoor's ArcelorMittal Orbit tower "teeters under scrutiny": one wonders "if London really needs another landmark."

•   Bullivant x 2 (lucky us!): an in-depth look at how Hamburg, Copenhagen, and Milan are re-thinking their disused industrial districts to create distinctive new urban quarters + how a Flemish practice "is applying a sense of pragmatism and delight to its major renovation of Ghent's public squares."

•   An architect explains why Seattle should get behind replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel.

•   A very interesting Q&A with author of "Welcome to the Urban Revolution" Jeb Brugmann: "...cities are primarily an economic space in our time of globalization, and we have not yet learned how to optimize those spaces."

•   Some big names are lining up to vie for developing Russia's big plans for an "innovation city."

•   Dobrzynski on the 9/11 museum at Ground Zero: "I don't know Steven M. Davis, but he's in the running for my favorite museum architect."

•   The new Crocker Art Museum expansion "is a study in restraint" (some wish it was less so).

•   More on London's Jellyfish Theatre made from junk: "In a throwaway society that needs to drive the reuse and recycling message, it is a symbol of what can be achieved" (great pix, too).

•   Expansion plans for Kahn's 1972 synagogue in Chappaqua, NY, has preservationists (and his son) more than a bit upset.

•   Drawings by a Tampa architect, who left his mark on many of the city's now historic treasures, turn up in tubes in an attic.

•   We couldn't resist (and you shouldn't either): London's architecture reimagined in photographs by Andy Spain (truly amazing).


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