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Today’s News - Wednesday, February 16, 2011

•   Rybczynski says Gehry's "spark is back" in Miami's New World Symphony center: it's "his best work in years."

•   Lewis warns of "CAD-gone-wild": "if every architect emulated Gehry's expressive approach, a lot of bad architecture would result."

•   The saga continues as 2011 Solar Decathlon student teams really rally to protest relocating their solar houses somewhere other than the National Mall; still no word on new site (kudos to SCI-Arc/Cal Tech team video!).

•   Incoming head of SA Australian Institute of Architects says local talent should design more of the state's landmark buildings: "if the state supported the local architectural community it would give young graduates a reason to stay here."

•   An impressive shortlist (though scant details) for the Belfast Expo Centre intended to "showcase the wider regeneration of west Belfast."

•   Kamin cautions that while Target targeting Sullivan's Carson Pirie Scott building could be good news, "God (or the devil) will be in the details."

•   Long takes a long look at our fascination with all things Gothic as he cheers the "spectacular" rebirth of Scott's St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

•   Woodman chats it up with "globetrotting architect" Chipperfield, "now finally receiving recognition in his home country," re: "his thrilling designs" for Hepworth Wakefield, Turner Contemporary, Margate, and more.

•   Danish "super-architect" Ingels chats it up with Johannesburg's The Daily Maverick: "Part poet. Part visionary. All genius" by creating "buildings and cities as spaces where sustainability and hedonistic pleasure live together rather comfortably."

•   Architects, academics, artists, and others team up for a "riverscaping" project on the Connecticut River with funding from an unexpected source: the EU.

•   Researchers warn that "while it may be tempting to look at LEDs as having solved the problem of environmentally-unfriendly lighting," they're not as eco-friendly as some might think.

•   Jennifer Busch resigns as editor-in-chief of Contract Magazine to move to the supply side of the industry; search is on for her replacement (we wish her all the best in her new adventure!).

•   Eyefuls of (some of) Contract's 2011 Interiors Awards winners + Travel + Leisure Design Awards 2011.

•   Call for entries: 2011 Spark competition x 2: Spark:Pro Design & Architecture Awards and Spark:Concept Awards.


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