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Today’s News - Monday, May 23, 2011

•   ArcSpace offers an eyeful of Foster + Partners' winery embedded in a Spanish landscape.

•   Glancey's take on the week in architecture includes "over-reaching ambition" and "over-the-top Blingitecture."

•   Moore bemoans the demise of BBC's dreams of Medici munificence in so many instances of visionaries vs. bean-counters, though at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays, "the visionaries got further before the bean-counters chopped their legs off."

•   Kennicott is more than a bit disappointed with Safdie's U.S. Institute of Peace in D.C.: it "sits on the Mall like it just blew in from Brussels: smart, clean and bland...This is the Valhalla of Think Tank Architecture."

•   On brighter notes, Bey cheers Jahn's Mansueto Library in Chicago as "a kick-ass piece of architecture and engineering" with "one of the most breathtaking interior spaces in the city" (with cool video of the "real marvel" most will never see).

•   Dunlop x 2: she offers up "out-of-the-way places, unexpected spaces...that you might miss if you didn't glance up, or down, if you didn't turn a corner" in South Florida.

•   She cheers the Miami Marine Stadium Floating Stage Competition: "The energy that radiated from the 90 entries...should tell us just how unimaginative we've been toward our public waterfront" for much too long.

•   New Zealand's newest piece of "wow" architecture shows up in an unexpected place in the form of a new visitors' center for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves: "not something you expect to find turning right at Otorohanga."

•   James Corner offers Seattle some mighty big ideas to re-center the city around its waterfront: "this stage of the project is about vision and ideas, not potential constraints" (we hope to hear that plans will go forward one of these days).

•   We couldn't resist: Goldberger, Ouroussoff, Davis, and Sutton offer some very different, thoughtful, argumentative (and amusing) takes on Koolhaas's tackling (attacking?) preservation in his "Cronocaos" exhibit at the New Museum (read the headlines at least).

•   An Italian architect says the time is ripe for China's talent to shine with "designs that combine art, craftsmanship and philosophy" to win the hearts and minds of the masses.

•   Architecture and design are celebrated mightily this week in Vancouver and Clerkenwell (London) + Architecture Canada/RAIC present the 2011 Prix du XXe siecle awards to four projects that have "stood the test of time."

•   ULI hands out ten 2011 Awards for Excellence in The Americas Competition + St. Louis's Citygarden named 2011 winner of ULI Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award (Houston and Portland, OR, score well, too) + ANN's Citygarden feature with lots of pix (just to remind you how cool it is).


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