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Today’s News - Monday, January 10, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Gwathmey Siegel in Sacramento, and RUR in Southern Taiwan.

•   Hume looks back on the new century's first decade and finds "Toronto a few bricks short of a cultural renaissance"; he wonders what the second will hold: "Though many have cheered the demise of so-called starchitecture, the criticism is mean-spirited or beside the point."

•   Goldin offers not such glowing words about grand Grand Avenue plans: "As usual, Los Angeles gets the architecture of anywhere" (even though DS+R's Broad will be "a pleasant museum").

•   Jerusalem-based architect/planner Heumann bemoans that "no more than a handful of Israeli planners and architects have absorbed the notion" that urban design can be "an important influence on personal and communal safety and security."

•   Greer grimaces at Gehry's UTS design in Sydney: he may call it a tree house, but "it looks more like an abandoned termites' nest" and it "verges on self-parody" (ouch!).

•   Campbell is much kinder to MRY's management school for MIT: "a place for workaholics who don't much care what architecture looks like...makes the case for the background building, the one that's here to do its job rather than flaunt its aesthetics."

•   Gardner has guarded hopes for Mori's Poe Park Visitor Center in the Bronx: it resembles "nothing more than a functional gas-station" from some angles, and "a rather sophisticated piece of contemporary architecture" from others, but if it brings attention to the poet "its effect will be entirely to the good."

•   Moore on Britain's brightest young architects: "Their overwhelming desire is to do stuff and to do it in a way that anyone...can enjoy. It's not a bad way to start."

•   British Columbia's top architects "are being forced to look elsewhere for growth...but there's a downside."

•   Aedas wins a hat trick from Foster in Hong Kong (we detect a bit of snark).

•   Gunts reports on civil rights leaders and preservationists protesting plans to demolish a "key landmark in the history of America's civil rights movement" in a battle for a new superblock to revitalize a Baltimore neighborhood.

•   The demolition debate continues re: Rudolph's Orange County, NY, government center: "many see hulking maze; a few see brilliance" (with some inspiration from Yale's Rudolph restoration).

•   Heathcote has a most amusing lunch with Koolhaas: "he removes his watch and puts it on the table, which makes me a little nervous" + The next generation of "super-starchitects" might well be Chinese.

•   Maya Lin becoming a superstar in China with her latest work: "my fifth and last memorial...I will be working on it for the rest of my life."

•   Court rules against architect in 10-year-plus dispute over UAE embassy design in DC.

•   NYC launches sustainable park guidelines; other cities will most likely follow suit (easy to do - just download the whole thing).

•   Eyefuls of 2011 AIA Awards for Architecture, Interior Architecture, Regional and Urban Design, and Twenty-five Year Award winners (great presentation).


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