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Today’s News - Thursday, September 30, 2010

•   Hatherley minces no words about new, highly-touted developments that are more spaces "of hubris," dated even before completed, built on ideas that are "as derelict and desolate as the buildings themselves" (ouch!).

•   Does Masdar really offer lessons for Jakarta (or anywhere) as the "answer to the sustainable urban planning conundrum," or will it "turn out to be another method of separating the rich from the poor?"

•   Perhaps we'd be better off studying Fathy's 1952 New Gourna Village in Luxor, now to be safeguarded by UNESCO.

•   TV's "Extreme Makeover" project inspires local Buffalo groups to tackle a new strategy of transforming whole blocks instead of one house at a time.

•   Russell ruminates on MVVA's plans for the St. Louis Arch: "Can skating and eco-education hope to reverse the effects of...decades of wrong-headed urban renewal? I say yes, with caveats" (perhaps other finalists' proposals were better?).

•   Van Valkenburgh reflects on the long-term evolution of Brooklyn Bridge Park: it's about more than open space.

•   Gruber almost gasps at "two words one rarely hears" at public discussions re: plans for Santa Monica park, where "residents typically express themselves in terms that are the lowest common denominator versions of 'less is more'" - not "striking and extraordinary" (and he hopes Corner stays "ambitious").

•   Wilkie's latest masterpiece: a pleasurable stroll to the Underworld.

•   Kansas City residents are riled by plans for a treasured place: the "current design proposed for this location is simply not good enough"; the developer regrets the controversy it generated (and brings in some back-up talent).

•   BMW Guggenheim Labs: a way to "engage with architects without collecting more buildings."

•   Pogrebin on the growing trend of firms changing their monikers to names "that sound more like video games than architecture practices" (!@#? didn't quite work).

•   FLW's Marin County Civic Center is "a prime example of his long-held view that organic architecture was the best way to build a building" (terrific slide show!).

•   A new, pricey federal regulation requires street signs across the country to use upper and lower case letters: "I see my tax dollars are hard at work."

•   Has NYC lost its $300 million gamble on synthetic turf?

•   We couldn't resist LaBarre's take on Marcel Wanders' "wacky" Moooi showroom in London: "it looks like a 19th-century British tearoom smashed into a Salvador Dali painting" (with pix to prove it!).



  


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