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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 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 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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