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Today’s News - Monday, February 7, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Morphosis's giant HQ in Shanghai.

•   Davidson gets the inside scoop on Bjarke Ingels plan to reinvent the NYC apartment building: "It looks wild, but it's born of logic; true originality is the inevitable endpoint of rigorous thought" (looks pretty cool to us, so far).

•   Moore spends some quality time with Chipperfield and finds out "why he values substance above spectacle" (architecture "has found itself either as a freakshow, where you're not sure if it's good or bad but at least it's interesting, or at the behest of forces of commerce" - ouch!).

•   Lubell digs deep into the "soil-meets-steel trend," the blurring of boundaries between architects and landscape architects, and how "earth-itecture" is taking off.

•   A 40-year-old Seattle firm "inspired by the power-to-the-people activism of the Vietnam era" offers its own inspiration by focusing "almost exclusively on projects for the poorest among us."

•   Culvahouse explores the "once common, often humble and convivial" New Orleans corner stores that "were the byproduct of design ingenuity and local experience" that designers working to rebuild the city should consider.

•   Mays cheers Clewes's "urbane modernism" and his towering plans for "a lost piece" of Toronto's Bloor Street: it "reaches a new level of monumentality - and audacity" (in a good way).

•   Litt has high hopes that Cleveland's casino plan will treat a "beloved" Art Deco building "with a light hand" and "pump noticeable vitality into the grand but somewhat tattered heart of the city."

•   A Scottish architect scores another big win with a big project near the Great Wall of China.

•   Bernstein finds out from Burden what makes NYC's new handbook that demystifies zoning almost revolutionary: "It turns out that boring old zoning, when used creatively...could help activists and residents shape their neighborhoods (oh - it's also "entertaining" and "fun to read" too - hopefully other cities will follow?).

•   LeBlanc laments the probable loss of a 1950s Montreal Trend House: "Canadian Trend House houses are 'equally important' as their American Case Study counterparts" (so start paying some attention!).

•   Triangle Modernist launches "Pioneering Black Architects in North Carolina," an online archive that focuses on black design professionals before 1970.

•   Some "farmer-engineers" are "bringing high-tech savvy to the age-old pastoral dream" - so "move over, Mad Max!"

•   One we couldn't resist: "World's Coolest Public Urinal, and How It Was Invented."

•   Call for entries: DawnTown 2011: The Floating Stage international architecture ideas competition for Hilario Candela's historic Miami Marine Stadium + Street Furniture 2011 to revitalize a vacant site (not limited to benches).


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