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Today’s News - Wednesday, December 15, 2010

•   Farrelly oh-so-eloquently bemoans what would happen if Sydney undertook something like Sarkozy's Le Grand Paris plan: "it would be (badly) exhibited, provoke uproar...while some backroom smoocher grabbed the land, surgically excised all build some depressing piece of shite."

•   Parman calls for more place-specific proportionality and appropriateness when considering density and urbanity.

•   Kennicott gives only luke-warm thumbs-up to winning design of a D.C. high school: "the design choice may be a near miss with greatness," but "the pure ghastliness of the current facility ensures that the new structure will be an improvement."

•   The new Melbourne Recital Centre is a "triumph" and "a rich and exciting architectural spectacle" (lots of over-the-top accolades, too bad no pix).

•   Chaban cheers a seaworthy Coney Island Aquarium - at last - but too bad the original winning "stunning design" was "fed to the sharks" (great slide show).

•   In Kentucky, visions of "a Christian tourism corridor" with big plans for an Ark Encounter (Tower of Babel and baby giraffes included) just down the road a piece from the Creation Museum; it will be "a model of environmentally sensitive development" (even if the developers may not believe in global warming).

•   Hawthorne sees the collapse of the Metrodome's dome in Minneapolis as the "latest sign of the dome's demise as a symbol of progress and expertise," and offers "one of the most dramatic videos of architectural failure you'll ever see."

•   Litt minces no words re: Clevelanders' chance to vote on design details of a new bridge: "It's a depressing coda to a 10-year design process" that "raises serious questions about America's capacity to create beautiful, memorable and well-designed infrastructure...This country ought to be able to do better."

•   Schumacher on FLW's big ideas for small homes and efforts to save a small cluster of them in Milwaukee (who knew?!!?): "At a time when architects are increasingly focused on smaller, more sober and green building...Wright has some things to say" (great pix, too).

•   An in-depth (and often amusing) look at DS+R: the "enfants terribles of architecture have come a long way."

•   LaBarre offers an in-depth (and often amusing) take on BIG's Ingels, Denmark's own enfant terrible and "architecture's very own Lady Gaga" who doesn't want to get into a "high-rise pissing match" for his first NYC project.

•   IDSA Design of the Decade awards: new, sometimes confusing, categories, but winners are very cool.

•   Call for entries: 2011 Ceramic Tiles of Italy Competition.

•   Feliz aniversário e parabéns to Oscar Niemeyer on his 103rd birthday (we can't wait to hear the samba this "last Stalinist" has composed)!

•   We couldn't resist: in Tokyo, "an architect working for the United States Government" manages to buy $36,400 worth of drinks in one night (he promises it wasn't taxpayers' money and hopes his wife will understand).


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