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Today’s News - Tuesday, June 14, 2011

•   We are pleased to introduce a new series by Bernard and Kleppel about how to foster a thriving practice even in tough times.

•   Goldhagen tackles historic preservation turning into the "unwieldy behemoth that it is today" because "too many buildings are preserved not because of their historic value or aesthetic significance, but because of political or economic deal-making."

•   Cavanaugh calls her on the carpet for "this kind of Platonic flapdoodle"; as for "the attraction of urban planning: It allows discrimination but dresses it up as discriminating taste."

•   Meanwhile, Lewis lauds D.C. Preservation League's 40 years of standing between historic buildings and wrecking ball and helping to turn a grass-roots movement into "an integral part of public policy at all levels": even though "not every old building is worth saving, they at least deserve due consideration before being torn down or radically altered."

•   Russell minces no words re: Piano's Whitney that "looks like a top-heavy container ship run aground" next to the High Line, and Snohetta's SFMoMA "behemoth" that "feels a bit squishy for such a big building" (though "it may yet find the sweet spot between gravitas and welcome).

•   Ednie is much kinder re: Hadid's Glasgow museum: showing "little sign of penny pinching, design dilution or discord," it "must be as good as it gets in terms of visceral museum experiences"; and if anything can pull off rejuvenating the Clyde Waterfront, "it's this" (fyi: the much-mentioned green interior color is actually "Decorous Lime" - now we know!).

•   Eisen tackles the challenges of implementing landscape urbanism: it takes more than "inspiring rhetoric and compelling forms" - like a "prosaic set of tools" and teamwork - "if sustainable design solutions are to be pushed beyond the commonplace."

•   Stratigakos engagingly explains Architect Barbie's political beginnings (and astonishment at school girls' architectural imaginings at the AIA convention in New Orleans).

•   Hospitals are really taking evidence-based design seriously now research results are irrefutable.

•   A new Winnipeg hospital will be neighborhood-friendly because of cutting-edge techniques that "could help lead to the eventual commercialization of a made-in-Manitoba building technology."

•   Rogers Stirk Harbour submits plans for the on-again-off-again O2 Skywalk over the Millennium Dome.

•   In Germany, plans are afoot to build a mosque with wind turbines in its minarets (that at certain times of day would create a kind of light show - alas, no pix).

•   Dream houses up for sale? U.S. Coast Guard looks to sell two 1880s Jersey Shore lighthouses "to anyone with the guts - and the cash - to buy one" (they "need more than a coat of paint").

•   This might be a good time to consider taking up a career in architecture in India: "increasing numbers of people are being able to afford homes," so "architects can be assured to have their hands and pockets full for a long time to come" (one can hope).

•   A good reason to head to L.A. next week: Dwell on Design 2011 (ANN readers purchasing tickets online, use code: ARCHNEWSNOW75 - and get great discounts!).

•   A good time to think about heading to New Zealand in July: the 4th Healthy Cities: Making Cities Livable Conference.

•   An eyeful of the winners in the Changing the Face - Moscow 2011 competition to re-think the city's classic Pushinsky Cinema (interesting, but really doable?).


Institute of Urban Design Design Competition

Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture

World Architecture Festival!

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