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Today’s News - Monday, March 28, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us a new place to stay in Copenhagen "where you can feel at home without having to think about domestic chores" (with a restored Fiat as lobby art).

•   Webber digs deep into the growing "turf war" and "fiery discourse" between architects, landscape architects, and landscape urbanism/ists (some squirm, others cheer).

•   Holl talks about the controversy his plans for the Glasgow School of Art have provoked: "When you do anything slightly radical you will be criticized. That comes with the territory."

•   Kamin on Northwestern's plans to demolish Goldberg's Prentice Hospital: "If the university wins city permission...it would reveal to the world anew that Chicago destroys architectural landmarks as fast as the city builds them" (and don't plan on preservationists fading quietly away).

•   Ouroussoff bemoans the loss of their original eccentricities in expansions of the Barnes, Getty Villa, and Gardner museums, being "remade into slick, corporate artistic institutions of a sort that their founders no doubt would have deplored."

•   Moore finds Seville's "flashy new" Metropol Parasol "a wonderful thing, daring, inventive, determined...But it has a problem" (even if it is "almost, one of the smarter of the recent tide of iconic buildings").

•   Goldberger gives the High Line the National Geographic treatment: "It isn't often in any city, let alone New York, that an unusually sophisticated concept for a public place makes its way through the design process, the political process, and the construction process largely intact" (great images, video, too).

•   Campbell cheers DS+R's Granoff Center: it is "both lofty and inventive...as ingenious as it is practical" and "a place for free spirits."

•   Foster finishes a "gorgeous green building" in Morocco ("albeit no quaint mom-and-pop straw bale building").

•   Levete beats out some big guns to win V&A's £35 million courtyard extension.

•   Staten Island Museum to get a new, $25 million home by Gluckman Mayner on the Snug Harbor Cultural Center Campus.

•   Taiwan's National Palace Museum to get a new branch "inspired by three different calligraphy strokes."

•   Larry Richards and Avi Friedman debate the feasibility of towers made of timber: it's an opportunity for innovation, which is good, but it needs to be tested.

•   Walters on "Design Thinking" and why "the two worlds of design and business still need to learn to meet half way."

•   Registration deadline extended for Connections: The Gowanus Lowline international ideas competition for the Gowanus Canal area in Brooklyn, NY.

•   We couldn't resist: Crown Hall celebrates Mies's 125th birthday tonight (and Kamin wonders if they'll be passing out cigars).



  


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