• Adjaye, Hirsch, and Otero-Pailo have a most interesting discussion about architecture and authorship: Is the architect an author of a building or provider of professional services?
• A report about Kamin's recent visit to Columbus, OH, where he praised some neighborhoods, but "took aim at nondescript high-rises, which he colorfully described as 'filing cabinets' and 'buildings with hats on them.'"
• Birnbaum on the continuing saga of Minneapolis's Peavey Plaza: what went right - before it went wrong (might Target save the day?).
• Gehry's Guggenheim Abu Dhabi on hold as some construction contracts are canceled (for the time being).
• The Istrian coast "offers visitors a window into the next generation of Croatian architects who are picking up where "heroic modernism" left off: "it's important to not let Croatia be designed by others."
• Predictions of the demise of libraries have fallen flat (just ask some starchitects).
• King cheers UC Davis West Village that "aspires to be the nation's largest zero net energy community" - a quest "that adds layers of site-specific architectural detail."
• Ijeh cheers the transformation of King's Cross Granary into the University of the Arts in London that "exudes creativity" in a "subtle balance between engagement and restraint, confidence and humility."
• Rinaldi x 2: Kansas City's Kauffman Center, "gleaming and screaming on a small hill...represents a big leap into the present for both the fine arts and architecture" + He just has to rap as architecture goes hip-hop (how could we resist?).
• Ando talks about his next grand adventure with the Clark Art Institute.
• FLW's long-lost plans for a gas station will be a showpiece at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum (gas not included).
• Should Venturi and Scott Brown be given this year's RIBA Gold Medal? Yes, says Charles Holland/FAT; but Jack Pringle thinks otherwise (their "buildings failed to live up to their fine words" - ouch!).
• Davidson spends some time with Koolhaas, which is a bit "like interrogating an oracle."
• Kamin has the skinny on the 11 teams shortlisted for Chicago's Navy Pier design competition (team members are just as impressive as the leaders - who isn't on this list?!!?).
• Wainwright on the "clanging alarm bells" going off around one of Leed's most important historic buildings where a partial collapse illustrates "the lethal effects of neglect on a vast but delicate structure."
• LeBlanc cheers an online treasure-trove of Toronto's mid-century architecture.
• One we really couldn't resist: move over Gehry Collection for Tiffany - now we have the H.Stern by Oscar Niemeyer Collection of diamond and gold jewelry (we'd certainly wear it!).
• Call for entries: Letters of Inquiry for second round of ArtPlace grants for creative placemaking + 2011 Open Architecture Challenge: [UN]RESTRICTED ACCESS international architecture competition to re-purpose closed, abandoned, and decommissioning military sites.
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