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Today’s News - Thursday, July 28, 2011

•   We lose a master architect and revered professor.

•   A new survey shows that sustainable design still not mainstream among design professions, pointing to "inertia" along with "denial and resistance" (though there are a few champions).

•   Big-name foreign architects are redrawing Mumbai's skyline (with room for "smaller firms with international exposure").

•   It's not just Mumbai, as an eyeful of Emporis Top 10 skyscrapers proves (a few surprises).

•   Merrick can't wait to see the "true architectural dynamics" of Hadid's Olympic Aqua Center - right now, it's "a dull shell concealing something dazzling" that "won't be seen until this gubbins is stripped away" (though the interior "is pure, awesome theater").

•   Finch comments re: Olympic architecture blasted by the Traditional Architecture Group (TAG).

•   Brussat berates the Pritzker Prize jury for "chasing its tail" by selecting architects "nobody knows," and actually cheers Goldhagen and other critics who "are wondering about the direction of the judgment of the jury."

•   King collects and comments on 10 buildings San Francisco should see: "buildings to be contemplated as pure works of architecture, and that let us see how this city constantly reinvents itself" (Brussat and TAG should approve of most).

•   In Lexington, KY, people "seem almost euphoric over the new plans" for contentious CentrePointe by Studio Gang: "Hope is a fragile thing, but there is reason to hold on to it now."

•   Crouching in a corner of a Shanghai campus is a Bauhaus treasure: "Gropius may have never imagined the influence was so profound."

•   A boom in staycations could help restore the "past glory British pleasure piers": a sure sign will be "when more of them begin to bear the stamp of 21st-century design."

•   A tribute to H.H. Richardson: "If architects were immortalized on Mount Rushmore" he'd be at the top of the list.

•   The mayor of Florence wants to complete a Michelangelo basilica shelved almost 500 years ago; some consider it a "heroic idea," but others are dismissive.

•   ASLA announces a stellar list of 2011 Honors.

•   Call for entries: eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition: What is a skyscraper in the 21st century?



  


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