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Today’s News - Wednesday, August 31, 2011

•   We lose an architect and engineer who "helped persuade reluctant St. Louis civic leaders to build the Gateway Arch" and an "outspoken foe of St. Louis dowdiness."

•   A look at how terrorist attacks changed architecture even before 9/11 (surely not the last we'll see as September 11's 10th anniversary approaches).

•   King discovers Walker "prefers to discuss the details" about the 9/11 Memorial: "The true measure won't be calculating who did what. The space will succeed if it becomes an essential part of the city."

•   Glancey x 2: Dictators and bunkers: "Who, except the most paranoid or terrified, would think of locking themselves a nightmare such as this?" (a fascinating read!)

•   His review of the week includes Kate Moss's big basement plans (must have been a slow week), possible new towers, FLW + Lego, and in Scotland, "a modest proposal has gone down so well that it might become a design template for a whole region."

•   Kamin climbs Gehry's new NYC tower and finds it "may be the most delicious piece of eye candy to hit the Manhattan skyline since the Chrysler Building" that "manages to be playful without being foolish" (he likes the interiors, too).

•   Merrick climbs Wilkinson Eyre's Guangzhou tower and finds "something rare": it's big "in a way that makes it possible to think of searing verticality in terms of an almost chaste elegance of surface and outline. No penile dementia here."

•   Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Tower is "designed to imitate the contours of a sprouting desert plant. Adrian Smith's task is to make sure it doesn't sway in the wind like one."

•   An interesting look at the pros and cons of cargo container architecture (it's not as green as one might think).

•   The romance is over between European-based Passivhaus Institute Ends and Passive House Institute US (some confusion could ensue).

•   Moore gives (mostly) thumbs-up to "All Over the Map" by Sorkin, "America's most invigorating writer on architecture" (though for those "unversed in current architectural jargon" it might require "some judicious skipping over the muddier parts").

•   A most lively profile of RIBA's incoming president Angela Brady, an Irish woman who is a "dynamo of energy in frosted lipstick" and "a powerbroker in her field" (with a good sense of humor, it seems).

•   Inform Magazine names former executive editor of AIArchitect, Douglas E. Gordon, as editor-in-chief (bravo!).

•   Eric Owen Moss to receive 2011 Jencks Award for his major international contributions to the theory and practice of architecture.

•   Shortlist announced for Scotland's oldest award for housing design; the most refreshing news: almost half are affordable housing or regeneration initiatives.

•   Winners of the 2011 AL Light & Architecture Design Awards are a "testament to the critical role that lighting plays in completing architecture" (great presentation).

•   We couldn't resist another installment of "Architects' desks" - this time, Robert Adam: "No time to make it look good. I know they say a tidy desk is a tidy mind but perhaps it's also a not-much-else-to-do mind" (our sentiment exactly!).

•   Call for entries: World's Coolest Offices 2011 + Ceramics of Italy Exhibit Design Challenge.


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