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Today’s News - Monday, January 23, 2012

•   ArcSpace brings us Coop Himmelb(l)au's small (and stunning) church in Austria.

•   Five design teams vie to build a pavilion for Nelson-Atkins' World's Fairs exhibition coming in April.

•   St. Petersburg, Florida, opts for Maltzan (over BIG and West 8) for his "flexible" design for new iconic pier (also the public's fave).

•   Iovine tries to divine the real future of some of NYC's mega-project plans: "we can only hope that the next round of mayors and governors and the ones after that will still love today's 'grands projets' when they are more mud than magnificent."

•   Pogrebin takes on one of them: "plans to demolish the Javits Center are deflating to the architect in the midst of renovating" the not-much-loved convention center.

•   Heathcote minces no words about London's Olympic architecture: but for two projects (not difficult to guess which), "if there is to be a worthwhile legacy...the sporting architecture will not be it."

•   Glancey x 2: he celebrates London's most popular tourist attraction, the British Museum + (not to be missed!): links to Will Self on why Trafalgar Square is "one of the most crap urban public spaces in the world" + Simon Jenkins on why the Tower of London "has been let down by a towering failure of City planners."

•   His week in review includes Stuttgart 21, Gehry's Eisenhower memorial, and "outlandish designs" for a "commercial phallus rising proudly from a new public square in Kampala, Uganda."

•   Wise gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Piano's Gardner Museum addition: "why should a contemporary architect pretend he's confecting another palazzo along the Grand Canal?" (even if "there's prompt a gasp").

•   Campbell tackles Eck's take on Gehry's AIA 25 Year Award-winning house ("shabby, vapid and entirely without any true meaning of home," says Eck): "Would I want this house for myself? No way. But there's room in the world for many kinds of architecture, including some that's a little crazy."

•   Dunlap takes a stroll with Roche (and Huxtable) through the Ford Foundation Building that "first put him in the spotlight 45 years ago" (great slide show).

•   King on UC Berkeley's two newest buildings: "Literally and figuratively," they "couldn't be farther apart," but each "is successful on its own terms."

•   Henriquez wants to transform a former Vancouver jail into affordable rental housing: it would be "a healthy message for any society."

•   Q&A with executive director of Park City, Utah's Kimball Art Center about the benefits of a design competition and the importance of good architecture (with link to lots of images of shortlisted designs).

•   Doig digs deep into the growing trend in urban agriculture: "wouldn't it still make more sense to grow on cheaper land just outside city limits? Depends which city you're talking about" (a great read - and lots of interesting links).

•   Design selected for Sri Lanka's new cultural center "to provide a cultural and social space for the people of Jaffna" (looks interesting).

•   Call for entries deadline reminder: ASLA 2012 Professional Awards + Core77 2012 Design Awards (now including Design and Writing & Commentary).


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