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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 12, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Viñoly's Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building in San Francisco.

•   Chipperfield and Harrap snag 2011 Mies van der Rohe Award for the Neues Museum in Berlin.

•   Some cranky critics on both sides of the Big Pond: Scruton "mauls" starchitects for talking "pretentious gobbledegook" and for "building monuments to themselves."

•   Jones takes on London's Shard: "Why don't we rise up against this monstrosity? Someone has to speak up for the London skyline."

•   Kuitenbrouwer says Ryerson University's new Student Learning Centre will bring a "glass atrocity to Yonge Street" that "may act as a giant buzz-kill for the street."

•   Hume, on the other hand, considers Ryerson's "glass vision a dazzler...the most exciting building to appear in this neighborhood in decades."

•   Glancey cheers Margate's new Turner Contemporary as "a quiet triumph for all of those involved"; Chipperfield hopes it proves that "you don't have to design a building that looks like a big toy to make a success of a new public art gallery."

•  Kentucky gets into architecture: the Speed Art Museum in Louisville unveils its $79 million transformation by wHY Architecture and Reed Hilderbrand, and Lexington calls on Jeanne Gang to help figure out what to do with a mega-block (fingers crossed the big bucks come through for both).

•   Rochon has a lively conversation with Safdie, who says Toronto should be more like Singapore and dream big; is he proud of his Toronto waterfront condo tower? "If I wasn't proud, I wouldn't build it."

•   In the meantime, Singapore is getting an Ivy League "hybrid" for the Yale-NUS campus (Kamin would like to "see some dirt and some pizza joints...A little funkiness could be in order here").

•   A new grammar school in a Melbourne suburb, "complete with mystical spaces and retreats," is "testimony to a new approach to literally building the education revolution" (alas, no images).

•   Bruder's design for a new library in Billings, Montana, "might look austere, but so do most books before they're opened."

•   An amusing Q&A with Gehry, "the artist of architecture" re: Manhattan's 8 Spruce Street, why he hasn't been sketching much, what he does to relax, and more: "I can't retire. I'm 82. It's too young."

•   A serious Q&A with Amanda Levete re: "her 'spectacular failures' and also her many thrilling triumphs" - and why architecture should be (but often isn't) respected.

•   Urbach ends his nearly five-year tenure as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Curator of Architecture and Design: "this chapter has come to a timely and graceful close."

•   In Flint, MI, a concept to re-use Genesee Towers wins a competition in hopes "to inspire people that restoration is possible" (judging from the comments, most folks are cheering for the wrecking ball).

•   It's National Architecture Week in the U.S., with lots going on across the country.

•   Call for entries: Passive House for New Orleans (deadline looms!).


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