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Today’s News - Wednesday, August 17, 2011

•   Belogolovsky's Q&A with Voorsanger re: architecture of emotion and place.

•   Kotkin x 2 re: boomers, how stats show that empty-nesters are not abandoning the 'burbs for bright city lights, and ageing young are "upending the predictions of most pundits, planners and development experts."

•   Rosenbaum re: Nouvel's revised MoMA tower: Burden says "the top is glorious" + link to Chaban's report with lotsa pix.

•   Gang invites Kentucky architects to help reboot the two-acre CentrePointe project with a series of smaller-scale interventions.

•   Saffron cheers Drexel's new lab building: it "holds its own against any of the deluxe new labs" (with a wow of a vertical garden in the atrium that's also "a real-time science experiment").

•   The brothers Tsao team up for "enlightened development in China."

•   Adjaye shows the way for London's Africa Centre to be saved.

•   McKeag marvels at four projects that prove "green ideas that were the stuff of hippie dreams 40 years ago have been given two gifts from Father Time": relevance for the money folks, and new feasibility in design circles thanks to technology.

•   Vernacular architecture is finding its place in the 21st Century.

•   Some fear for the future of Manhattan's storied Chelsea Hotel that is now in the hands of a "middle-brow" property developer, and "an architect responsible for the style and decor of the Holiday Inn chain" - who promises it "will be more like a restoration...it will be subtle" (what would former residents Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan think?).

•   A Stockholm firm is "making a mark on Sweden's landscape" - and making the country "home to real cutting-edge architecture" (again).

•   Two Vancouver architects "are redrawing the edges of design for the public good."

•   Winners all: WAF Awards shortlist announced: 284(!) projects from 59 countries + The Portal to the Point ideas competition has an impressive shortlist for Pittsburgh's most visible landmark + The Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture winner will examine the benefits of "integrating agriculture and innovative green spaces within towns and cities."

•   Rawsthorn ruminates on the "Futuro: Constructing Utopia" exhibition in Rotterdam: it "offers both a whistle-stop tour of the history of form in design and an opportunity to see some intriguing objects."

•   Porro ponders his project for Fidel Castro, "his vision for the building, and the story of what went wrong."

•   Schumacher cheers "Architect for Art: Max Gordon": it is "both scholarly and deeply personal" and "has the potential to embed Gordon more deeply in the history of art and architecture."



  


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