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Today’s News - Monday, November 8, 2010

•   ArcSpace brings us an eyeful of Ito's theater in Tokyo.

•   Moore has an interesting conversation with Abboud about why Park51 is much more than the "mosque at Ground Zero."

•   Curtis would like to see Holl do "a lot more work" on his Glasgow School of Art project: it "remains a still-born diagram without the life-blood and inspiration of a living work" (ouch!).

•   NYC has big public and private plans for shoreline improvements with the goal for "the water to become the 'sixth borough.'"

•   Barns minces no words about "overblown and out of whack" plans for Hobart's waterfront, beginning with plans to "radically alter" the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: "In theory, it's a brilliant idea...But one hopes the current plans...never make it out of the architects' office" (ouch! again. pix + flythrough - you decide).

•   Meanwhile in Western Australia, conservationists claim plans for four new marine parks would be better called "mining and fishing parks."

•   Dimmer takes a dim view of what's going on in Tokyo where some "massive," "questionable," and "infamous" plans for parks "suggest that public space in Japan has become an endangered species."

•   Scotland campaigns to "green" stalled development sites "to prevent a catastrophic slide into urban blight as the age of austerity dawns."

•   A call for Jakarta authorities "to find more creative approaches for re-greening the city."

•   Punjab's Chief Minister urges architects to help protect environment (and the government will help).

•   RIBA eyes Liverpool waterfront as possible home for its northern HQ and museum (Manchester had its fingers crossed).

•   Rocky roads and unrest among RMJM's ranks, but it claims "the issues the company faces are shared by many architects which have an international footprint."

•   Qatar throws its hat in the ring to host the 2022 World Cup, but "there are key challenges in achieving these hopes which cannot be evaded."

•   Is Qatar's plan to build 12 stadiums such a hot idea for one of the hottest places on earth? "Can we really afford to keep on building more giant structures that will thereafter be left for dead?"

•   Australia believes its World Cup bid hits all "right architectural goals" that will avoid "the white elephant syndrome" (the "most obvious white elephant candidate is cashed-up Qatar").

•   While there's much to like at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, "there appears to be little emphasis on sustainability, green space and integrated renewable technology" + one featured architect is "passionate" about Lisbon: "he values the landscape in which he is called upon to intervene" (and the city is lucky to have him).

•   Gendall reports from the International Biennale of Landscape Urbanism in Bat Yam, Israel, and its unusual mandate to participants.

•   Menking reports on some of the World Architecture Festival winners: "In what is surely a sign of the times...there seem to be many more strong projects in the 'future' category than completed buildings."

•   Dunlop cheers winner of WAF's first Art and Work Award, "one of the largest public-art projects ever built" - "Foreverglades" at Miami International Airport (it beat out some really big finalists like the city of London and Royal Dutch Telecom).

•   Call for entries (and the deadline really looms!): 12th International Garden Festival: create temporary "Secret Gardens" for the Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens in Quebec.


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