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Today’s News - Thursday, November 11, 2010

•   New plan to reduce the mass of Rogers Stirk Harbour's first of three giant office towers in Sydney's Barangaroo is "a bid to defuse opposition," but is "unlikely to satisfy critics."

•   H&deM's 30- to 64-story "Shardettes" towers in south London could head back to the drawing board to be made shorter (the architects will "stay on the job whatever the outcome").

•   Vice chair of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland says Edinburgh's post-war architecture is "getting a raw deal": "Post-war planners and architects made many mistakes but this is not a reason to call for the demolition of all of their work."

•   Litt sees little to praise in design for new Cleveland hotel: "When a local firm can't overcome the challenges posed by a client with an apparently constrained's a poor reflection on the local design community."

•   AN gets the scoop on the renovation shortlist for Craig Ellwood 1976 Art Center College in Pasadena (great archival pix, too).

•   Tehran hopes to make a big splash by creating the Middle East's largest artificial lake, expecting it to help clean the city's extremely polluted air while being "eye-catching and photo-worthy"; developers are chomping at the bit, but environmentalists are not convinced.

•   It seems Chandigarh is missing more than Corbu's signed original master plan (who knew it included elements from an earlier plan by Americans).

•   In Australia, the 2010 Western Architecture Awards reflect current economic conditions: "There has been some really good and interesting architecture created on humble budgets."

•   Architects, architects everywhere: Calatrava talks about "finding architecture's soul," while his designs "provoke strong reactions; they are either loved or loathed."

•   Slevin queries Kaplan about what it's like to have a hand in designing four Times Square skyscrapers when so many architects "dream of designing a single skyscraper in their lifetime."

•   Szenasy sits down with Ranalli to discuss "his ethics, his interest in history, his love of craft, and his attachment to New York City."

•   Seoul-based Minsuk's architecture "can baffle, delight and dazzle": "sometimes you get impatient with limitations but limitations can be a just takes more patience and intelligent investigation about these limits."

•   Mahmoud returns to his childhood home "eager to contribute to the shaping of a new Lebanon" with a human touch, but "we do need iconic architecture to push the limits."

•   Finnish architect Toivonen forgoes laser pointers and slides when he lectures, preferring rap songs to give "the burbs a really bad rap" (vinyl record available).

•   Kerala, India, moves architecture out of engineering colleges and opens the College of Architecture - Trivandrum.

•   Texas A&M architecture students design a medical center in Tanzania.

•   Philly's ACE Mentor Program teens tackle an imaginary Envision Peace museum.


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