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Today’s News - Monday, June 20, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us an eyeful of Kuma's V&A at Dundee, and some thoughtful quotes (and great pix!) from "Architect for Art: Max Gordon."

•   Farrelly calls for Canberra to "cast off the plump country town aura and realize its prize-winning vision": its "privateness is...unforgivable in a capital city...although Burley Griffin may not have intended this quality, it was always inherent in his geometries" (and don't bet on the Capithetical competition to solve anything, either).

•   In Israel, kibbutzim are expanding and building new neighborhoods, "but do buyers get a rural community and great schools, or just a garden and a longer commute?"

•   Schulman cheers signs that plans for Chicago's Bloomingdale Trail are moving ahead - just don't expect it to mirror of the High Line: it "is not a gallery; it's a functional corridor."

•   Meanwhile, Chicago's new transportation commissioner could be Sadik-Khan and Gehl's "new rival for the title of progressive transportation star."

•   Gang wows them in Lexington, KY, with her fresh plans for a fresh start for the (until now) controversial CentrePointe; even a leading opponent concedes: "If we continue down this road, with this firm, with this openness, I think we can end up with an iconic piece of architecture."

•   Rosenbaum on the possibility of Safdie's Crystal Bridges museum creating a "Bentonville Effect": hard to tell without knowing what's actually going to be on view. "No amount of grandiose architecture and daring feats of engineering can trump the as-yet-unknown depth, breadth and quality of the collection."

•   LAVA sets its sights on Sydney's glowering UTS tower and the "grim 1961 edifice" of a parking garage, "another example of brutalist architecture that regularly features in lists of Sydney's ugliest buildings."

•   Moore spends more time with Zumthor: "He is what he is and the price of his perfection is a certain removal from the world."

•   von Gerkan responds to criticism of his prestige projects for the Beijing regime and speaks about Ai Weiwei's arrest.

•   Rose fills in for Glancey in reviewing the week in architecture, including Foster's Apple HQ, the revised Chelsea Barracks plan, and "an eye-catching east London folly."

•   Last week we ran news of the impressive shortlist for the Scotland-England border crossing project - now there are pix.

•   And yet another impressive international shortlist for the Brisbane Airport design competition (alas, again no pix).

•   We can't say we're sorry to hear U2's The Edge lost his bid to build mega-McMansions in Malibu (though don't count him out yet - lawsuits could ensue).

•   A new white paper, "the first of its kind in 20 years, contains a raft of measures aimed at enhancing the environment for the benefit of communities in England."

•   NYC is the latest metropolis to launch a solar mapping tool for building owners + An NYC company wants to build and lease hydroponic farms on supermarket rooftops that could be "a win-win model" for investors, the stores, and communities "(unless Wal-Mart beat them to it)."


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