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Today’s News - Friday, September 30, 2011

•   A new recording studio in Syracuse, NY, has rapidly established itself as a catalyst to rebrand and revitalize the city's core (freight trains notwithstanding).

•   Bayley is a bit a baleful (but eloquent) today re: starchitecture and the Stirling Prize (though each project on this year's shortlist "has at least one exceptional quality which any good building needs").

•   Glancey, on the other hand, offers a "thrilling" (and almost breathless) video race through the shortlist (and makes his pick) - we'll now the winner this weekend.

•   HUD comes up with (smallish - but welcome) grants for three cities to re-imagine and hopefully convert brownfield eyesores into community assets.

•   Developers are on pins and needles awaiting word from the GSA re: whether their proposal for a Jewish museum by Libeskind in D.C. will find a home.

•   NYC just might have (finally) struck a deal with the U.N. so it gets a new tower and the city can complete its East River esplanade (still a lot of "ifs" apparently).

•   Q&A with Denari re: his HL23 and the High Line: "New York is back" (did it go somewhere?).

•   Kaplicky's plagued Prague library design finds new life as a bus stop in Brno (we kid you not).

•   McDonald reports on "Irish Architecture Now" debut in NYC: "any notion that there was something distinctively Irish about the work of our architects was scotched" by Arch League's Genevro.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Welton's Q&A with V&A's "Postmodernism" curator Adamson re: "When did it end? Why?"

•   A terrific round-up of reviews, slide shows, videos re: "California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way" now in L.A.

•   Open House Chicago joins cities around the world that have launched open house events (a useful list - but leaves off Brisbane and, alas, no links).

•   In Tokyo, "Arata Isozaki: Process" might be a small exhibition, but "the overall impression it gives is of the enormous ambition of the man behind it."

•   "Jim Olson: Architecture for Art" takes center stage at Washington State University Museum of Art.

•   Hawthorne goes to the movies x 2: "Urbanized" ranks "among the smartest recent analyses of mass global urbanization and its discontents" (though leaves L.A. out) + "Drive" tours "an L.A. that isn't on postcards" (once you get beyond the gore).

•   King finds "Urban Code" is "a guide to understanding cities that takes a few detours" (we couldn't resist at least 2 of its 100 lessons: No. 27: Each building has at least one entrance; and No. 85: Weeds reduce aggression).

•   Moore finds "The Art-Architecture Complex" by Hal Foster "a refreshingly rigorous argument" that the merging of art and architecture might not necessarily be a good thing (but it's also not always bad).

•   Gould's Q&A with Steingraber re: "Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis" - her personal and scientific take makes a powerful combination.

•   Brussat at his best dissecting "Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Sights": it's a "curiously enjoyable but ultimately frustrating travel book - get it for your favorite masochist."



  


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