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Today’s News - Monday, March 14, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us an amazing chapel in Acapulco.

•   We lose Alfred Browning Parker, "the way he built a half-century ago, 'we would now call sustainability. He was the precursor of responsibility to the environment and simplicity of means, and cared so much about beauty'.''

•   Architectural renewal in the wake of disasters offers a new way forward in "an emerging movement of process-driven architects and designers to whom the way the community is involved is as important as the end result."

•   Farrelly bemoans Sydney's urban sprawl as "the road to madness": it will end up "either like Tokyo, lively, clean, quiet and usable, or like Bangkok, filthy and congested."

•   Nusbaum looks at a series of great unbuilt stadiums that "are testaments to our egos, our metropolitan insecurities" - and more.

•   A second-tier city in China set to get an eye-popping (what else would you expect?) sports center.

•   NYC sets a long-range plan for its waterfront where projects of all sorts "would no longer be considered individually but as a whole, which could protect them in times of cost-cutting" (and Bloomberg "could rightfully be called the waterfront mayor").

•   No matter how smart the initiatives (bike lanes, B.R.T., etc.), if they're not "seen as an integral part of society" NIMBYism (even by the most enlightened) will ensue.

•   Just ask NYC's transportation commissioner, considered by fans to be "equal parts Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs," but to her critics "she is the equivalent of Genghis Khan."

•   Hawthorne finds complicated questions raised by both a supposed Banksy piece in Detroit and pieces of Corbu in Chandigarh, India: "issues related to patrimony and cultural heritage is in need of a serious update for the age of architectural celebrity and a global art market."

•   Heathcote finds himself (happily) in "a vortex of movement and swirling space" in Hadid's Guangzhou Opera House.

•   In California, new life for a long-forlorn Ford plant designed by "one of the world's greatest industrial architects" is a model of urban revitalization by "a persistent developer with a vision, and the delicate touch of talented, green-minded architects."

•   Rochon cheers the new Ottawa Convention Centre, "designed with flare and gusto... an exhilarating reinterpretation of the typically monstrous convention centers that have devoured cities everywhere."

•   Campbell cheers a new cancer care center that "puts a beauty mark on Brookline Avenue...the best piece of architecture I've seen in Boston's medical area" that gives "the street an edge of energy and life."

•   Zumthor (a.k.a. "the architect's architect") gets lavish NYT Magazine treatment as he drives Kimmelman through the Swiss countryside (an insightful - and often amusing - read!).

•   A "still-vigorous" Dan Eytan minces no words about what he thinks his colleagues (many considered friends - for now, anyway) are doing wrong.

•   Eisenman invokes Freud and the unconsciousness, and predicts that it will "soon be possible to be avant-garde again," so "rejoice, aspiring architects - your time will come."

•   Call for manuscripts for the inaugural issue of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture, focusing on "contemporary architecture and urban design in relation to social and cultural history, geography, politics, aesthetics, technology and conservation."


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