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Today’s News - Wednesday, January 11, 2012

•   It looks like a rundown Indianapolis neighborhood just might score a touchdown by refurbishing its downtown in time for the Super Bowl.

•   Connecticut plans to link its arts funding to projects and organizations that focus on recipients' place-making that will revitalize communities and attract new businesses.

•   Lots from the other side of the Big Pond: Moore tours London's Olympic Village and finds "a development of long-distance vision marred by short-sighted [read value-engineered] flaws"; even so, it "shows more thought and quality than most things comparable built in Britain in recent decades."

•   Meanwhile, Olympic architects and engineers warn that the London 2012 organizing committee's "gag order" (who knew?) "is undermining job creation and economic growth."

•   Heathcote x 2: the Room for London atop Southbank Centre is "surprising, enjoyable and richly layered" with "real architecture, not the slapdash stagecraft of installation" that "makes it an oddly moving experience."

•   He's also pleasantly surprised by the "strong entries from architecture" in the Design Museum's Designs of the Year contest, considering it's "a field badly affected by the economic downturn."

•   Glancey is veritably smitten by Aberdeen University's new library and its "ethereal air" that will "stop you in your tracks," and "is both icily calm yet restlessly alive, as modern as it is baroque."

•   NYC's High Line is set to get a new neighbor.

•   An eyeful of SOM's just completed the Al Hamra Firdous Tower, "a quarter-mile-high sculptural commercial complex rising like a giant spike above Kuwait City's skyline" (with "enough limestone to tile the entirety of New York's Central Park") - the peek-through-the-clouds shot is spectacular.

•   The jewel-like roof over the Louvre's new Islamic Arts Gallery rises like a "magic carpet" (or perhaps a "golden cloud" or maybe "dragonfly's wing").

•   Hoxie explains how his "Passive Passion" documentary came about: he wants "to show how far Europeans have taken the Passive House concept and to show the pioneering American builders who are bringing the movement across the Atlantic."

•   Hinkes-Jones makes the case for saving ugly buildings: "Unattractive, Brutalist architecture should be preserved because it's unique, not because it's pretty."

•   Heymann's final essay on buildings and landscapes, and the very different ways in which sculpture and architecture occupy the landscape using the "evil, evil grain elevator" (and a whole lot more) to make his point.

•   Woodman pays tribute to Metzstein who, along with MacMillan, "were great architects by any measure, but in the scale of their contribution to the development of modern architecture in Scotland, they are without rival."

•   A team of architects and academics launch The Morpholio Project, a new digital platform to build a "meaningful conversation, critique, and debate with a global design community."

•   Call for entries: Deadline reminder for the eVolo 2012 Skyscraper Competition + LAGI 2012 international design competition for a pragmatic installation for NYC's Freshkills Park + Arhitekton Magazine/Kingspan Architecture Pavilion international competition.


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