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Today’s News - Thursday, September 22, 2011

•   Farrelly x 2: She gives two thumbs-up's to Sydney's newest green tower: "1 Bligh matters because its shaping idea is one whose time has come."

•   On a much less ebullient note, and mincing no words, she bemoans the "flatulent PR flurry" that follows the "rushing of the world's architects like so many half-baked platelets to the site of the latest catastrophe" (so much for Ban's cardboard cathedral for Christchurch).

•   On the other hand, "if Shigeru Ban's got anything to do with it, it won't be long before cardboard buildings are unfolding across the globe."

•   Wainwright takes issue with Viñoly's "golden banana" in Colchester: Firstsite "might have brought a dash of Essex bling and out-of-town sparkle" instead of being "an expensive new bauble - complete with vast, unusable, walls."

•   Trump released images of the clubhouse planned for his £750 million Scottish golf resort, and depending on who's talking, it's "a towering success" or "a Victorian workhouse" (and even as "artificial as tycoon's toupee").

•   A look at the architectural "leading lights from across globe" - past and present - who have had a hand at shaping Winnipeg's distinct architectural character.

•   Brussat has high (if not totally optimistic) hopes Providence will take inspiration from Burnham in thinking about what to do with land freed up by the removal of Route 195 from the city's well-preserved historic downtown.

•   Bey cheers a "sensational" new Chicago elementary charter school that is "an unusual and spectacular piece of architecture."

•   Arieff x 2: she cheers Santa Monica's plans to transform a mobile home (i.e. trailer) park into stylish, sustainable - and affordable - homes.

•   She also cheers pop-ups as "a sharp tool in the urban revitalization kit - despite their co-option by hipsters and marketing gurus" (great slide show, too).

•   An eyeful of FAT's 260m-long façade for the BBC production village in Cardiff (a serious case of extreme façadism, perhaps?).

•   As the Solar Decathlon 2011 gets ready for its close-up starting tomorrow, The Dirt offers a sneak-peek (and picks some faves) + its new location is "a you've-got-to-be-kidding-me walk" from the nearest Metro stations - but there are free shuttle buses.

•   NYC's Design Trust for Public Space names Susan Chin as executive director (and we're thrilled!).

•   Becker dusts off an engaging, early, illustrated portrait of Jeanne Gang pre-Aqua and pre-MacArthur genius grant winner (giant Pink Sea Snails and Koolhaas included).

•   A good reason to find yourself in Brussels tomorrow: Designers Weekend takes over the heart of the city.

•   We couldn't resist: Chaban takes a spin on Jane's Carousel, while Nouvel's "lupine features and all-black outfit were rather out of place among the screaming children and gleaming horses."


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