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Today’s News - Wednesday, June 15, 2011

•   AIA is up in arms re: the Small Business Administration's proposal to increase the number of businesses that qualify as a small business: "The effect on small architecture businesses would be devastating," says Ivy.

•   CTBUH names 4 skyscrapers as regional best.

•   On a more depressing note, NTHP issues its 2011 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places; it includes Goldberg's Chicago hospital, Coltrane's house, and sites imperiled by states' budget cuts and poor policies (great presentations, though).

•   It looks like London's Broadgate will not dodge the wrecking ball (despite EH claim that it's a "triumph of urbanism"), meaning UBS will most likely get its "groundscraper" HQ by Shuttleworth.

•   In India, state "protection" can prove to be a "bane for monuments."

•   Glancey travels to Helsinki and finds too many things that could be "anywhere-ish"; does he like anything? "I love Finnish architecture - especially when I'm attacking it" (a most amusing read).

•   On to the future: San Francisco approves massive Parkmerced and Treasure Island developments (both in the works for how long, now?); now look for build-outs to take 20 (or even 30) years.

•   Henderson, NV, gives thumbs-up to $1.5 billion Union Village, a.k.a. (very big) "integrated health village."

•   Another $1.5 billion revitalization project along the Mystic River in Somerville, MA, moves ahead "after years of false starts."

•   Yazdani's vision for a new federal courthouse in Toledo won't be your grandfather's version (all it needs now is federal funding).

•   Ennead Architects tapped to design expansion of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, PA.

•   Schindler's Krakow factory transformed into a contemporary art museum; the same could be in store for his factory in Brnenec, Czech Republic.

•   An excellent look at pioneering women in architecture, and today's "barrier busters" who "serve as some of the very few role models and mentors available to upcoming female students of design."

•   King on four-story artwork headed for Transbay Terminal: it will be either "a brilliant counterpart to its sleek surroundings or a cross between Barney Rubble and the Vaillancourt Fountain" + he bemoans the loss of one of the "best residential buildings of the young century" - Jenning's "turbo-charged Jaguar with cool poise" - to the transport project.



  


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