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Today’s News - Monday, July 25, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us a luminous "cake box" of a library in Japan.

•   Vietnam is becoming "a hot spot for many Western architects" (though it "does have its drawbacks").

•   A look at how several clusters of Chicago suburbs are "defying the scarcity mindset" and flourishing by working creatively across borders to rehabilitate and revitalize communities.

•   Can urban vertical farming solve the world's hunger problem, or is it "more of a project for dreamy young architecture students than a practical solution"?

•   Rollo finds a "tasty" design in a "fine little building" in an Australian industrial park that is "a joy and a revelation" (and feeds a lot of needy people).

•   Mississauga's "buxom" Absolute tower (a.k.a. the "Marilyn Monroe") puts "curvaceous into condominiums" in the Toronto 'burb.

•   Kamin comes down hard on plans for Chicago's old post office: it is a "financial fantasy and architectural nightmare" that "seems straight out of Disney," with a sales pitch that is "Barnum & Bailey meets the Mall of America" (ouch!).

•   First look at the interiors of the Barclays Center basketball arena (part of the controversial Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn): "We didn't want to overload the arena by making it too glitzy." - On the other hand, high rollers will get their own VIP entrance and, it seems, "critics were nonplussed by the arena's glitzy design."

•   Hess takes a long look at Lautner's "lengthy struggle with Los Angeles" and explains why we "still can't spell Lautner without L.A." (a great read!).

•   Preservationists in Ridgefield, CT, raise the alarm re: the possible demolition of Philip Johnson's 1956 Schlumberger-Doll Research HQ.

•   QUT architecture students design a flood-proof future for Brisbane.

•   We couldn't resist an eyeful of the Balmond/Jencks "Star of Caledonia."

•   Winners named in the Geoffrey Bawa Award for Excellence in Architecture.

•   University of Houston's College of Architecture gets an endowed scholarship from the Iranian Cultural Foundation - Houston in honor of Houshang Seyhoun.


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