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Today’s News - Monday, November 1, 2010

•   ArcSpace brings us Meier on Hamburg's harbor front, and Nouvel's plans for an island in the Seine.

•   Hatherley waxes rather poetically about the Shanghai Expo on its final day: "the most violent, overwhelming, claustrophobic, garish, dramatic vision of harmony you could imagine (and that's only the first sentence!).

•   Glancey is gloweringly blunt about why the U.K. is lagging in good architecture: "we really want the very buildings we so often say we despise: all those skyscrapers with funny names" that are really the architecture of our own "ever-expanding consumption" and "largely long-established and commonly held notions of 'good design.'"

•   How and why Massachusetts missed a chance to host an aerotropolis that could have "become a global hub, a bright new face for the region" (Dulles and Dallas/Ft. Worth did it despite the naysayers).

•   Cambodia has high hopes to turn its bloody history into a sightseeing boom: "The popularity of grisly sites...has turned thanatourism into an increasingly profitable sector of the tourism business" (such a cheerful thought).

•   Rochon cheers Thom's "home for high drama in a once-troubled 'hood'" with his Arena Stage; now, many in DC consider him "their adopted creative son."

•   Heathcote cheers Hadid's "landmark in a landscape of neglect" - her Evelyn Grace Academy might have been very expensive, but there's "something wonderfully utopian about this experiment" (and Brixton kids deserve it), + Hadid beats out Hirst for the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

•   Gallagher on why the MVVA team most likely won the St. Louis Gateway Arch competition: it was the most landscape-focused of entries for a site that already contained a "perfect piece of architecture."

•   Kamin roams beyond the arch: St. Louis may not be a top-tier architectural mecca, but it has its gems; its major weakness "is its lack of continuous urban fabric" because "the connections between the moments don't exist."

•   Salt Lake City keeps its Ballet West downtown (and a historic theater to boot).

•   Q&A's all over the place: Koolhaas re: his plans for West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong (if he wins the competition) - it will not be "a development for the rich."

•   Lubell chats it up with Diller and Scofidio re: their West Coast projects, working with Eli Broad, and whether or not they consider themselves "starchitects" ("I take it as a pejorative").

•   Thorne queries Ban re: education, temporary shelters for Haiti, Pompidou Metz, and more.

•   Melissa Sterry on creating a city model that not only anticipates but welcomes intensifying natural phenomena.

•   A novel idea for India's playgrounds: lighting up parks and greenbelts using energy generated by play equipment and solar energy.

•   Perkins Eastman and EE&K to join forces as a new, 600-strong firm "yet to be named" (PEEEK perhaps?).

•   A good reason to head to Winnipeg this week: My City's Still Breathing: A symposium to deliberate and debate the current and future relationship of art and design to city-making.


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