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Today’s News - Monday, October 31, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us an eyeful of special membrane roof structures that will protect two 5,000-year-old temples on the Island of Malta.

•   Goldhagen tackles a sticky wicket: "Can we admire China's urban planning without admiring its government? Judge, yes; but also look and learn" (your must-read of the day!).

•   Garcia bemoans San Francisco's lack of "beautiful new buildings and even fewer signature ones" because its skyline has "been shaped by politics as much as sensible urban planning."

•   Booth ponders how it could be that bonnie Prince Charles has had a much bigger hand in shaping public legislation (including housing and development) than many people ever knew.

•   Giurgola is "extremely distressed'' over conditions in his 1988 Parliament House in Canberra - including the selling off of some custom-designed furnishings and turning underground storage areas into bleak office space.

•   Rochon is inspired by a conversation with Jeanne Gang that "wanders far and wide."

•   Meanwhile, many in Lexington, KY, are more than dismayed that Gang is no longer involved with the CentrePointe project: her "inspiration resurrected the project in the hearts and minds of Lexington's citizens, changing fear to hope" + her "creative approach...charmed a skeptical public."

•   Larry Speck talks about what goes on between developers and architects, and density.

•   Koolhaas's Milstein Hall at Cornell "plays nice with its neighbors" (comments tend to say otherwise; great slide show, though).

•   In the U.K.: an eyeful of the Windermere Steamboat Museum competition shortlist (but renderings are anonymous).

•   Despite objections, Make's Octopus tower, sheathed in a 50-meter-tall "shroud," gets a green light.

•   Glancey gives a thumbs-up to the oft-maligned ArcelorMittal Orbit: it "was always meant to walk on art and engineering's wild side" and just might "push architecture into fresh, and perhaps unsettling, adventures."

•   Rose reviews the week in architecture: the historic Burlington Arcade might face Marino's "(leather) boot," and Gehry ate "humble pie."

•   San Luis Obispo, CA, taps Gwynne Pugh to design a homeless service center.

•   Architects don't have to give up glass to make buildings safer for birds.

•   Dutch architects come up with a scheme to grow and sell all the food of a modern supermarket on one plot of land on the fringes of Rotterdam.

•   Kamin cheers AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award winners.

•   A good reason to be in NYC this Thursday: Arch Record's Innovation Conference 2011: Crossing Borders & Disciplines (a stellar line-up!).

•   Deadline reminder: 2012 Palladio Awards to honor outstanding work in traditional design.


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