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Today’s News - Tuesday, November 30, 2010

•   Belogolovsky has a most amusing and informative conversation with Will Alsop re: color, context, and why he doesn't like the word "beauty."

•   Farrelly x 2: "change in Sydney is so mind-numbingly slow because of the proliferation of narrow bureaucratic fiefdoms that have veto power," so mayor turns to NYC's Sadik-Khan to find out how she gets so much done. + .Plan for first Barangaroo tower "is by no means the worst in the city," but it looks "cheap" when "it should be superb" (blame the bean counters?).

•   Staying Down Under, the president of the Australian Institute of Architects backs imaginative design over bureaucratic boundaries: "To have one simple planning policy constraining or dictating to all those potentials is not right."

•   Meanwhile, in the U.K., who isn't up in arms about Prince Charles's efforts to play key role in neighborhood planning system; critics claim it's "dangerous" and "inappropriate" (per Alsop, it would be "bad news for architecture").

•   Glancey says the prince has a right to his own opinions, but so does the public, and warns "an over-centralized and opaque planning system is bad for Britain."

•   King cheers "what could become San Francisco's largest historic district," but it also presents a "double-edged sword."

•   A new LEED program ushers in "a new way of thinking about building in bulk - sustainably."

•   An eyeful of Hassell's ANZ Centre in Melbourne: "one of the world's largest bank headquarters has taken an architectural stand for radical openness."

•   Heymann's "Landscape with Buildings: Essays on Site Design" (part 1) connects (very handily) DS+R's Blur Building, Sugimoto's seascape photography, and Rothko.

•   UW-Madison selects team to design $43 million School of Music.

•   Moore minces no words about why RMJM "is now a byword for architectural excess" (which includes "one of the monsters of the age" - a.k.a. Okhta Centre/Gazprom Tower set to rise in St. Petersburg).

•   Behre cheers 10 architectural proposals for a new transit hub in Charleston (including "a few whacky ones").

•   Rahim offers a thoughtful take on why the Aga Khan Award for Architecture was ahead of its time 30 years ago, and is now remarkable for setting "the new standard for architecture and the built environment globally" + Eyefuls of the five recipients (remarkable, indeed!).

•   AR's Emerging Architecture Awards 2010 winners could be our "stars of tomorrow" (great presentations!).

•   A great reason to head to New Orleans at the end of the week: 4th Annual DesCours festivities, including 15 architecture installations within "hidden" locations in the heart of city.


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