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Today’s News - Tuesday, December 20, 2011

•   A thoughtful start to the day, beginning with never before published 1970 essay by Robin Boyd, "the champion of the international modern movement in Australia," who thoughtfully ponders: "What do we want of architecture?"

•   Urban design historian D. Grahame Shane traces the origins of MVRDV's controversial Cloud to its source in research: "the excitement of the creation of an urban village half way up two skyscrapers blinded MVRDV to the very obvious 9/11 image the design might provoke...Was it naïveté?" (or a publicity stunt?)

•   "Wrestling with Moses" author Flint on Jane Jacobs: she "battled Robert Moses on some truly bad projects," and her "legacy is indeed towering. But the future of cities could use a touch of her nemesis mixed in."

•   Russell hopes Cornell's $2 billion (very green) campus plans for Roosevelt Island "will spur NYU and Columbia to look anew at their feeble, innovation-averse growth plans."

•   A New Orleans artist (and student of urban planning) uses art and technology to create a platform community organizations and an architect/developer are beginning to use to tap residents' input (very cool).

•   Yadav traces Delhi's journey in architecture: "the city's architectural body stands tall, bearing the crown of Mughal taste on its head, the stout body of British imperial imprint and the occasionally shaky legs of today's independent, democratic rule."

•   Rinaldi on the new MLK and 9/11 Memorials: they "proved how complicated remembering has become...9/11 is artful and challenging. King is distilled and uplifting...offering up confident commemorations that, complete or not, command reflection."

•   Maltzan, Ingels, and Geuze explain their designs for a new pier in St. Petersburg, Florida (great slide show).

•   Lloyd's of London building "joins Grade I elite at tender age of 25": a "fitting recognition of the sheer splendor of Richard Rogers's heroic design." + A Brutalist "piece of concrete art" that many wanted to see pulled down "finds itself among the most protected structures in the UK."

•   One of Indianapolis's "most misunderstood and underappreciated buildings" gains new appreciation; in 1974, it "was the cutting edge of its day."

•   Feireiss offers a thoughtful (and image-filled) take on what 21st-century sacred buildings share: the "ability to allow the cracks and ruptures, contrasts and contradictions between the past and present to co-exist."

•   Charleston chooses Denver's Fentress for its airport terminal redevelopment, despite a "unanimous recommendation" to choose a "local company to keep the money in the Lowcountry."

•   Iovine has a most amusing interview with Koolhaas (with some surprising statements): he might appear severe, but "he comes across as a teddy bear, albeit a chic Parisian one."

•   Keegan queries Graves: did he ever expect to receive the Driehaus Prize? "Not in a thousand years."

•   Gordon Murray Architects merges with Ryder Architecture to become GMA Ryder.

•   A great presentation of the 2011 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence winners.

•   Call for entries: AIA Diversity Recognition Program (open to AIA and non-AIA members).


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