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Today’s News - Monday, February 21, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us Siza's museum in South Korea (inspired by a cat).

•   Starchitects come to the aid of Australian flood victims by donating to a flood relief auction (some cool stuff! bidding closes March 2).

•   Bhalla berates India's rigid, antiquated building laws for "dull" urban architecture: "Design is not the culprit here rather it is the victim, enslaved within the clutches of policy or what is infamously called the 'system'" (leaving architects looking for loopholes).

•   Ireland's attorney general warns against a proposed law to allow ''grandfathering'' of "people with several years experience practicing as an architect - but without a formal college qualification - to be admitted to the official register of architects" (needless to say, the RIAI agrees).

•   Wimsatt offers up five myths about the 'burbs: "let's dispense with a few misunderstandings about where most of us call home."

•   Hume cheers a KPF residential skyscraper that "is among the most elegant additions to the Toronto skyline in recent years...bringing a finer urban grain to a part of the city that had been overlooked for decades."

•   Bernstein cheers Pratt's new Myrtle Hall: its "sleek design" and environmentally friendly features are getting attention, but so, too, is its role in renewing a neighborhood.

•   Gardner is not quite so gushing about DS+R's new Film Society of Lincoln Center project: "The firm's skill, even brilliance, consists in grand gestures" - but the devil is in the details.

•   Q&A with Mazzanti re: his role in the revitalization of a once-mean Medellín, Colombia, neighborhood: "we want an architecture defined by what it does, not by its substance."

•   Q&A with Tombazis re: being a green pioneer in Greece, why Athens is not a lost cause, and bioclimatic design: "I do not really strive for a timeless design, what does timeless mean anyway?"

•   Q&A with Krisel re: his thoughts on the Modern movement - then and now..."I don't consider it a style; I consider it a language."

•   Heatherwick tapped to design 2012Olympic Cauldron (alas, no pix yet).

•   An eyeful of the Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards 2011 shortlist.

•   U.S. stamp series celebrates Pioneers of American Industrial Design (skipping some notables because they didn't meet "the primary requirement for U.S. stamp stardom: They're not dead").

•   We couldn't resist: meet Architect Barbie - complete with hard hat, blueprints, and black leather jacket (but those black leather boots at a construction site?!!?).


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