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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 25, 2011

•   We lose Tafel, "the last surviving member of the original Taliesin Fellowship" (on a personal note, we will miss this gentle gentleman stopping by NYC's Center for Architecture to cheer the throngs filling its Tafel Hall).

•   Kamin, taken by the Moscow airport attack, revisits his 5th anniversary of 9/11 column, "Hubs of Frustration" (plus ça change...).

•   Meanwhile, Ziger/Snead is tapped to design Maryland's 9/11 Memorial (to be dedicated this 9/11, but, alas, no images here).

•   Iovine cheers Gehry's "intention to play to the occupants" of the New World Symphony campus instead of "architecture-gawkers...Did [he] take exciting risks? Not really. Has he created an environment where a new generation of musicians can take such chances? Absolutely."

•   LaBarre focuses on West 8's "SoundScape" surrounding Gehry's concert hall that is "a performance space in its own right."

•   Meanwhile, H&deM's Miami garage is still making waves: "For the ultra-luxury-car set" it "has become an irresistible display case to make their consumption more conspicuous" (though from offline reports, one might want to reconsider planning one's wedding there in mid-January).

•   Birnbaum calls some much over-due attention to the garage's landscape by Jungles: "it's all well and good to get excited about a parking garage with retail, but let's remember what Lapidus once quipped, 'I designed Lincoln Road for people - a car never bought anything.'"

•   Blueprint offers up an exhaustive report on the Best British Buildings of the 21st Century (and some not so great).

•   But one of those Best seems to have parts that "are not fit for purpose" (staffers being "offered fleeces because of the cold").

•   Plan to pedestrianize Istanbul's Taksim Square (a major transport hub) has architects and planners calling for public debate.

•   Kennicott cheers new Washington, DC, libraries built-from-the-ground-up as "one of the best things to happen to the District, architecturally, in decades."

•   Glancey gives us a sneak peek at the new BBC Broadcasting House: "So what does £1bn buy?"

•   Moore gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Rogers Stirk Harbour's One Hyde Park: "everything you see is performing a purpose, as well as trying to look good" (at £140m for a penthouse, we would hope it does more than just look good).

•   De Monchaux finds pleasure and disappointment in Foster's Museum of Fine Arts Boston addition.

•   Koolhaas on his proposal for Hong Kong's $2.8 billion West Kowloon Cultural District ("biggest prize on the table right now").

•   London's Greenwich Millennium Village picks team for next phase.


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