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Today’s News - Tuesday, August 2, 2011

•   NYC's WORKac beats out U.K.'s Chipperfield, Dutch MVRDV, and Russia's Studio 44 to master plan New Holland Island in St. Petersburg (Russia).

•   Rochon raves about Toronto's newest waterfront park: it is a "triumph of environmental technology, superb design and visionary city-building...a beguiling landscape that sits atop a vast, brainy infrastructure" that rebrands "the city as a place with an intelligent future" (we want one, too!).

•   King hopes for the same (on a much smaller scale) when it comes to urban utility boxes proliferating in cityscapes everywhere (at least San Francisco has "a good set of design priorities").

•   Gardner cheers a long over-due makeover for Nervi's 1963 George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal: its "pristine geometric beauty" is visible only to birds, but at street level, it is "one ugly monster of a building."

•   Atelier Bow-Wow's (very cool) BMW Guggenheim Lab is ready for its pop-up close-up tomorrow in an NYC East Village lot that "until a few weeks ago was 'all rats and rubble.'"

•   In Australia, a community center marks "a significant paradigm shift in retirement villages": "Just because you're designing for older people doesn't mean you literally have to serve up twee English architecture with old world charm."

•   Viñoly feels right at home designing for Bard SummerScape opera production (set in modern-day New York, no less - with pix to prove it!).

•   Lewis says DC's new Arena Stage is "emblematic" of how our love affair with ultra-convenient parking is changing, but "it will be at least a generation before Americans believe convenient parking isn't an entitlement."

•   Welton is wowed by the design of an "ultimate beach house" by "a gifted modernist who looks to Mies and Koolhaas for inspiration."

•   Bey offers an ode to the space race and how it shaped architecture and design: "I wonder if we'll feel that old magic again" (2 very cool videos, too!).

•   Lots of winners (and images) in the first Spark:Concept Awards (universities, especially from Korea, made out like bandits!).

•   An eyeful of the Gowanus Lowline: Connections winners.

•   We couldn't resist: Terra Cibus: "you'll never look at a blueberry, or an Oreo cookie, in quite the same way again."

•   Call for entries/EOI/PPQ: Three Mills Green Playspace open (and free) design competition for a new playspace in East London.


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