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Today’s News - Wednesday, August 24, 2011

•   AECOM wins Rio gold for 2016 Olympic Park (lotsa pix) + So too, it seems, have Wilkinson Eyre, DG Architecture, and Pujol Barcelona Architects (not a lot of detail here).

•   Where is Douglas Cardinal when you need him: a very impressive shortlist (and lotsa pix) for the Royal Alberta Museum leaves many underwhelmed: "Surely Alberta can do better than bland for its major museum."

•   King x 2: he has some serious reservations about "parking lot" plans for (large!) spectator yachts during the America's Cup run in San Francisco: "it never hurts to look a gift horse in the mouth. And the open water along Rincon Park is not a cavity that needs to be filled."

•   He does give thumbs-up to SOM's "retooling of public spaces" for a 1983 high-rise that "will change the tone from ceremonial to approachable."

•   Bullivant cheers Hadid's Riverside Museum in Glasgow as "genuinely embracing its context, past, present and future."

•   LaBarre offers an eyeful of the soon-to-open Clyfford Still Museum façade that perfectly matches the "prickly old geez...It's as close as architecture will ever get to abstract expressionism."

•   Russell on the need for a new vision - hopefully something "breathtakingly audacious" - in tackling Mississippi River flood control: a competition to redesign the delta just might be the ticket.

•   Labine sees "new hope in architectural criticism" with Kimmelman taking the reins at the NYT: readers "will soon be exposed to a broader, more humane view of what constitutes excellence in architecture" (i.e. less focus on starchitects).

•  U.K.'s Traditional Architects Group to sit down with Design Council to discuss CABE "bias" against traditional design (Finch will not be at the table).

•   Gifford loses $100M LEED lawsuit against USGBC.

•   Indian architect Sthapati dreams of turning his Vaastu Vedic Research Foundation into a real university.

•   LeBlanc pays tribute to Canada's first city architect, and considers "the best window into the soul of Hamilton's most important Modernist architect."

•   Winners and finalists named in the Victor J. Papanek Social Design Awards 2011: Design for the Real World Redux.

•   A very longggg shortlist for the Emirates Glass Leaf Awards 2011.

•   Call for entries: 2012 Interiors Awards + AIAS/Kawneer 2011 Student Competition: Create a Crisis-ready Stadium, Arena or Civic Center.


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