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Today’s News - Friday, December 3, 2010

•   Weinstein's witty and wise words once again grace his 3rd annual Best Architecture Books of the year picks.

•   We received word that Ponce de Leon responded to the Boston Globe report of alleged bad blood at Office dA: it's "a small business dispute" headed to arbitration (our fingers are crossed it ends well for all).

•   Qatar wins bid to host 2022 World Cup with plans for "a revolutionary" zero-carbon cooling system for modular stadiums that will then be dismantled and rebuilt "in third world countries who can't afford their own" (wow!).

•   LaBarre offers an eyeful of Moscow's stadium for the 2018 World Cup: "a bubbly confection that grows off a historic structure like a parasitic UFO" that will not be the typical "white elephant smack dab the middle of nowhere."

•   Heathcote weighs in on Foster's Museum of Fine Arts Boston addition: he "avoided the pitfalls" inherent in an architecture that often "treads a delicate, occasionally ill-defined line between the corporate and the sublime."

•   Litt lauds local talent for making constructive suggestions for stitching together Cleveland's downtown instead of just whining about out-of-towners leading the city's big development projects.

•   Saffron minces no words about what she thinks of plans for a parking garage near the almost-completed convention center expansion in Philly: "It may be human nature to seek a garage close to your destination, but it's sure not good planning."

•   Sustainability Awards 2010 indicate some good news: "the downturn hasn't killed innovation if this year's winners are anything to go by."

•   Some real surprises in the 30 Most Dynamic Cities in the World: Istanbul ranks at the top (and nary a European city in sight).

•   Rybczynski has us reeling in riotous laughter re: tall buildings and short architects: "it's hard not to see a psychological compulsion at work when short people design tall."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Farrelly offers serious observations about lessons to be learned from "The Contested Landscapes of Western Sydney" exhibition on view outside of Sydney (urban agriculture really could be a solution).

•   Food and architecture are also the focus of "Journeys: How Traveling Fruit, Ideas and Buildings Rearrange Our Environment" at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.

•   Waxman still finds lessons to be learned in "Las Vegas Studio: Images From the Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown" at Chicago's Graham Foundation - and a chance "to revel in a bit of good old American kitsch along the way."

•   Kapoor x 2: re: returning to India with two shows: why it's important they're free to the public (a great interview) + His homecoming is "indeed being heralded almost as the return of an extremely successful prodigal son."

•   "Westernized Istanbul's Greek Architects" sheds light on the city's unique 19th- and 20th-century architectural history, where many examples "still survive gorgeously in these districts."

•   King offers up his faves with his annual list of architecture books well worth gift-giving.

•   Q&A with Stanley Greenberg re: "Architecture Under Construction," issues of access and security, the role of the photographer in inspiring transformation, and the public's right to know.

•   A half-hearted cheer for "Icons and Reflections of Architecture": it's "to be lauded" because tomes on present-day Indian architecture are rare, but too bad it's not "presented far more substantially than this volume."

•   "The New Modern House" offers "an international group of architect-designed houses" that represent "New Functionalism" (i.e., they favor substance over style).

•   "Building Paradise: An Architectural Guide to the Magic City" offers an architect's view on the buildings and places that make Miami Miami.


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