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Today’s News - Friday, December 17, 2010

•   Kamin comments on Arch Record's Bob Ivy heading to D.C. to head AIA (this news should set the rumor mills grinding).

•   RIBA makes a bid to take over CABE duties - or will CABE continue by merging with the Design Council?

•   Why the climate-change talks at Cancun "might well be a landmark event in the politics of sustainability" (and some very useful links).

•   What went wrong with Istanbul's tenure as a European Capital of Culture: it "has been underwhelming to say the least...there is no notable, lasting edifice and scant legacy."

•   Jacobs wanders Austin, TX, and finds a city that "isn't quite what it aspires to be."

•   More on Gehry's UTS adventure Down Under: "If they still think it's a brown bag when it's done, then I've failed...Do they think I left it out in the rain, or something?"

•   His design "defies the unspeakably boring layer cakes and sickeningly unimaginative visual building-swill Sydney has inflicted on itself...Thank you, Mr. Gehry" (how about tearing down "the rest of this garbage and replace with real buildings?").

•   Not many will mourn the demise of D.C.'s 33-year-old Dunbar High School: the "combination of riot-proof design and open classrooms in a high-rise" makes it "an exemplar of a generation of 'grim and brutal' structures 'designed to keep occupants in and everyone else out'" (says the school's architect himself).

•   Litt x 2: he likes LMN/Gustafson Guthrie Nichol's new vision for downtown Cleveland + Case Western has a shortlist of 4 to design new university center - but they won't say who (we find that a bit weird).

•   Three impressive contenders to design a major landmark at the Scotland-England border.

•   We couldn't resist: an eyeful of Abu Dhabi's overwhelming Ferrari World Theme Park: "If dear, departed Enzo were reincarnated as Willy Wonka, he'd have built a place like this."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Reassessing Stirling: Goldhagen ponders why he failed so often in a very thoughtful review of Yale show that shows "some of his painfully bad misfires alongside some of his best." + Hodgetts "considers the legacy of his tight-lipped mentor."

•   In Paris, "Charles Garnier: An Architect for an Empire" demonstrates "the thoroughly modern engineering and metalwork beneath the neo-Baroque orgy of gold and marble" of the city's famed opera house.

•   An eyeful of Lori Nix's "stunning, tiny dioramas" that show "a deserted world in miniature being retaken by nature" (in NYC until tomorrow, then heading to Chicago).

•   Lamster finds Sudjic's Foster bio-tome "a welcome addition to the architectural biography field, even if it is of the authorized variety" that "generally steers clear of sycophancy."

•   A new Hassan Fathy biography is "a genuine and fitting tribute to Egypt's most famous architect since Imhotep" by one of his first disciples.

•   Brussat finds Mouzon's "The Original Green" runs circles around Stein's "Greening Modernism" (why are we not surprised).

•   Broderick's "Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White" tries "to tell so many stories at once" that it ends up struggling "to distill a clear narrative arc."


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