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Today’s News - Thursday, February 3, 2011

•   A call for architects to "overcome negative public perceptions about their profession if they are to persuade people that 'having a good architect is as basic as damp-proofing.'"

•   Perhaps part of the problem is the way they talk: Rybczynski offers a (hilarious) essay on archi-babble: "When in doubt, add '-ity.' Or '-ology.'" (your must-read for the day).

•   Viñoly's new medical research building for UC San Francisco is "at once sharp and lithe, rational and poetic, industrial and organic" - and the city's "most exciting" building in a long time.

•   Mecanoo offers a lengthy fly-through video of its controversial Birmingham Library project (book mall as new building type, perhaps?).

•   Long has a long conversation with Chipperfield a week prior to his receiving the Royal Gold Medal: "his acceptance into the ranks of the elite does not seem to have diminished his desire to hold up a mirror to the failings of British architectural culture" (meaning he minces no words).

•   An architect launches Project Neon to document and encourage appreciation of things that make New York glow (great slide show!).

•   Brussat wants us all to watch Scruton's "What is beauty?" on BBC: "To watch it is to luxuriate in pure truth."

•   Iovine finds Wines wincing at others using his (not winning) submission descriptions for Mumbai's billion-dollar tower: "We really don't want to be associated with this level of economic obscenity."

•   Soaring temperatures (at 133 F - fried eggs included) in Brisbane square "have seen the designers burned by critics" (go to a park if you want shade, designer says; bah humbug to that attitude say we).

•   Call for entries: EPA seeks green infrastructure case studies from architects and landscape architects in preparing storm water rules + 2011 Burnham Prize Competition: "McCormick Place REDUX" international ideas competition.


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