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Today’s News - Monday, February 28, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us Hadid's Guangzhou Opera House (with miles of great pix).

•   Saffron on the hits - and missed opportunities - of Philly's new, massive Convention Center: the city's hopes "are as enormous as the structure"; perhaps it expects too much from a work of architecture (perhaps too many bean counters at work, too).

•   Litt finds much to like in a new Cleveland-area medical center's interiors designed with evidence-based principles; too bad they "really have little to do with humanizing sprawl" on the outside.

•   From Australia: a review of a decade of new civic spaces in Melbourne and Brisbane, and the rich culture of RMIT Architecture + Design's impact on "a genuine education revolution."

•   Hume cheers a young architect's bold vision for high-density suburbs (of course it would mean dealing with some pesky re-zoning issues).

•   Rochon cheers some very cool warming huts, and how Winnipeg is coming into its own "as an incubator of edgy architecture."

•   NYC's push for bike lanes is hitting some serious bumps in the road.

•   Hawthorne x 2: Maltzan (finally) scores a large-scale commission with a university arts center + How "architectural symbolism is abundant among" this year's Oscar nominees for best picture.

•   In Russia, "some of the world's splashiest architects" have a shot at designing an arts complex on St. Petersburg's New Holland Island ("the exact nature of which has not yet been revealed").

•   A Pakistani architect's eloquent ode to Richard Neutra's U.S. Consulate Building in Karachi, and the opportunities presented in the decommissioning of "this modern masterpiece."

•   Gordon takes us on an great tour of Paris' Maison de Verre, where a fastidious restoration has made sure that all the "rust and tarnish and dents and dings are intact" (terrific slide show!).

•   Harry Mount mounts an ode to Wren, and "wishes that more of London's architecture would possess such lasting beauty...All those Shards, Gherkins and Walkie Talkies aren't necessarily bad...But Wren's aesthetic skill remains light years ahead of his modern descendants."

•   Groves grooves on the restoration of George Gilbert Scott's church in Shanghai.

•   Chicago and Jerusalem to sign a "green" MOU focusing on green building and planning that "will hopefully set the stage for similar agreements elsewhere."

•   We couldn't resist: eyefuls of Don Justo's Madrid cathedral made entirely from trash: now it's topped out, it "just needs a few finishing touches - like a roof, some windows and permits."

•   Call for entries: ONE PRIZE 2011: Water as the Sixth Borough (in NYC) open international design competition.


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