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Today’s News - Wednesday, October 13, 2010

•   Goldhagen on the Park51 Islamic cultural center: "initial drawings for an architectural project are wishes, and wishes often bear little if any resemblance to the finished building" - in other words, we'll just have to wait and see.

•   Kamin on the likely demise of Calatrava's Chicago Spire: 'The biggest tragedy of all would be if the proposed improvements to the public realm...are now dead, too."

•   An eyeful of Nouvel's "welcoming, green, and light-filled vision" for island in the Seine (after years of other faltering plans).

•   M.I.T.'s $1.4 billion, 10-year development plan (starchitects included) "has helped lift East Cambridge out of its postindustrial doldrums."

•   McCloud weighs in on Mecanoo's plan for the Library of Birmingham: "If it works it's going to be one of the great architecture events in European cities...but it's a big if."

•   Philly developer ditches "eye-popping plan" (and its architects) for transforming historic granary.

•   One of Gwathmey's final projects: "a new architectural identity for the oldest art museum in the West" (great pix).

•   McDonald on the design for a new children's hospital: kids had lots of input - and "Dublin has never seen anything like it."

•   The NYC/AIANY's "Active Design Guidelines" offers practical advice in how design can encourage physical activity and good health.

•   LaBarre has a most interesting conversation with Iwan Baan, "the Julius Shulman of the Internet age" (amazing pix, of course).

•   Balmond strikes out on his own after 40 years with Arup: "it's time to move on. But we're close. Arup is family."

•   International Living Building Institute certifies 3 more of the world's greenest buildings.

•   The 2010 Phyllis Lambert Design Montréal Grant winners are off for "a month-long research and creation trip" to Berlin.

•   Call for entries: MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Awards for unbuilt or incomplete projects + Deadline looms for 58th Annual P/A Awards.

•   We couldn't resist: Why art books won't become e-books any time soon (music to our ears!) + An incredible slide show of an underwater exhibition in Cancun: 350 human forms, cast from real people and destined to become an artificial reef (truly amazing!).


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