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Today’s News - Wednesday, November 3, 2010

•   Kengo Kuma wins V&A at Dundee design competition, with hopes it will create a Bilbao effect for the city (though his design wasn't the public's pick).

•   Long laments the demise of the LDA: "With it will go some of the only public-sector expertise that London has in making decent places and transforming parts of the city that really need attention."

•   The man who "spearheaded the cultural and economic renaissance of Glasgow, Scotland" brings his expertise to Brantford, Canada, saying it could be a North American tourist hot spot by following a similar marketing plan.

•   Bernstein reports on a battle that brews re: bending the rules to build tall on Waikiki Beach (developer's claims of "hardship" are hardly convincing).

•   Perhaps the players should attend the 3rd Annual Urban Waterfront conference in Doha for some guidance.

•   Re: LACMA's new Resnick Pavilion - "After visiting so many 'destination' buildings by other architects that try to outshine their contents, I found Mr. Piano's generous reticence welcome" (alas, "pity about the art").

•   In only 9 months, a "rat-infested warehouse" in Glasgow is transformed into new studios for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama that will also serve "the communities on its doorstep."

•   A new visitors center for Malta's megalithic temples is designed to be "as inconspicuous as possible" - with a "touchy-feely vibe."

•   Teeple selected to lead team in the design of the River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Museum in Alberta.

•   After being invited to build his £750,000 studio in Shanghai, officials have ordered Ai Wei Wei to tear it down.

•   Gaudí's Sagrada Familia readies itself for papal visit: the Pope "will find a minor miracle: this seemingly endless construction project is nearly complete" ("complete" being a "relative term").

•   Huge monthly cleaning bill for London's City Hall (with many panes remaining "filthy") is "a prime example of a modern building where the design has come first and practicalities second."

•   More details re: the Perkins Eastman/EE&K merger: It's a perfect marriage" not done for financial reasons (must be so - "both firms are currently in hiring mode").

•   An eyeful of the shortlisted projects vying for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland.

•   We couldn't resist: LaBarre offers up an amazing billboard that advertises nothing but clean air at a U.S./Canada border crossing commissioned by the GSA's Design Excellence program (a.k.a. "the federal government, which usually regards high art the way one would a dead rat").

•   Call for entries: Total Housing: Apartments design competition - address the incongruity between outmoded ideas of domestic space and contemporary urban lifestyles.


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