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Today’s News - Thursday, October 20, 2011

•   Leigh is disappointed with the King memorial: it "was conceived for monumental effect. Sad to say, it's merely big...monumental intentions have gone unfulfilled."

•   The RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award announces a 13-strong shortlist.

•   Olcayto is not very impressed: "The Doolan shortlist is worthy of attention, just don't pretend it's world class."

•   He's kinder to Koolhaas's "doughnut-shaped, non-cozy" Maggie's Centre in Glasgow: "How to design for death still has a way to go. Yet there are gentle allusions to how this might be done."

•   A new addition to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is "a marvel of both innovation and common sense" which "seems rarely to characterize museum expansions, but for once, simply and beautifully, it prevailed."

•   Esplund gives (mostly) thumbs-up to the renovation of NYC's National Academy Museum & School that "in the process tests its institutional identity...Thanks to the redesign, its body appears ready. What matters more - and is yet to be seen - is the state and evolution of its soul."

•   The winners of this year's Evergreen Awards "reveal an intriguing commonality" (great presentation).

•   Houston gets its first LEED Platinum tower.

•   Zakout offers eyefuls of the Top 10 tech company office spaces: "These designs are so much more than just aesthetic quality; they have pretty important social implications."

•   Eyefuls of four firms' projects that "apply bold materials to elevate modest surroundings."

•   McGuigan, Anderton, Pearlman, and others reflect on Steve Jobs' impact on architecture and design.

•   A battle is brewing around who should design a new library for Birmingham, AL, to replace one destroyed by a tornado: the mayor picked an out-of-towner, but why not choose local firm that designed the original?

•   Gehry gathers a bevy of starchitects in a new strategic alliance: it's "a group of my friends who believe in this mission as much as I do."

•   CTBUH names an architect to sit as Chairman for the first time in its 43-year history.

•   Two we couldn't resist: Occupy Wall Street has engendered a field manual dealing with town planning principles that includes directions for building a "bylaw-resistant shelter" ("hopefully there will be some examples soon").

•   A mathematician manages to piece back together an enormous (and magnificent) Padua church fresco almost destroyed in a 1944 bombing raid.

•   Call for entries: Gardner Museum Fellowship in Landscape Studies 2012 open to emerging design talent from across the design disciplines.


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