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Today’s News - Tuesday, June 21, 2011

•   An important piece of U.S. immigration history, long abandoned with wrecking balls looming, is saved by writings on the wall.

•   A tortuous history haunts plans for a National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul.

•   Germany debates what to do with the "Colossus of Prora," a seaside "behemoth of the Nazi era" that is "too big and too laden with symbolism to destroy, but too enormous to be easily put to use."

•   On a brighter note, Amery cheers Spain's City of Culture: "His marvelous new architectural landscape...is a masterly and vigorous achievement" (and "something quite revolutionary" for Eisenman).

•   Kamin x 2: he gives (mostly) thumbs-up's to Chicago's "building boomlet": it's "good news for the recession-battered building trades," but also "equal parts enthralling and exasperating" (hopefully without to much "stacking graceless concrete towers atop parking garages on steroids").

•   He cheers Chicago's Bloomingdale Trail plans moving ahead (and calls Rybczynski on the carpet for his recent "tut-tutting" other cities' attempts to duplicate the success of NYC's High Line).

•   The Windy City is also beginning to take steps to be more pedestrian-friendly by changing a culture in which "pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users have almost become second-class citizens."

•   Chelsea Barracks gets a green light (it's only taken two years and barrels of ink to cover the Lord Rogers/Prince Charles brouhaha).

•   King has high hopes for San Francisco's America's Cup building and its afterlife as a cruise terminal - if the city doesn't "pinch pennies in the final round of design decisions."

•   Bristol, UK's new M Shed museum "is no shed" - it's more like the city's "very own Smithsonian...unpretentious and vastly enjoyable."

•   Gruber keeps an eye on Santa Monica's Landmarks Commission as it considers the fate of a pink Spanish Colonial Revival house Gehry wants to remodel, and he cheers City Council telling the Town Square design team "to ignore the commission's instructions about what was 'appropriate'."

•   Litt sees plans for three pedestrian bridges in Cleveland as something that "could make circulating around the city on foot a pleasure, even a joy."

•   In Ireland, the about-to-open Derry Peace Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that "will breath life and help create a new look and vibrant city centre in the run up to the 2013 City of Culture."

•   An eyeful of the five (impressive) finalists' designs in the President's Park South Design Competition for one of the most popular tourist destinations in Washington, DC.

•   Q&A with Congresswoman Edwards (a.k.a. "Ms. Green Infrastructure") re: her bill to establish regional Centers of Excellence for green infrastructure in the U.S.

•   Former RIBA president Pringle dons a new hat as Construction Industry Council chairman.

•   World Design Capital 2014 shortlisted cities announced.

•   Deadline looms: Call for entries: 2011 World Architecture Festival Awards (special €50 discount using code WAFNYC).



  


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