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Today’s News - Wednesday, February 1, 2012

•   Kamin gives us a sneak-peek at 5 shortlisted plans (by stellar teams) for Chicago's Navy Pier that "offer elements that are spectacular - and budget-busting"; eventually, "pier officials will have to separate architectural fantasy from financial reality."

•   Rudman calls for the "scaremongers" to lighten up on their "hysteria" about Auckland's growth study plan (see ANN, 01.30.12).

•   NZIA Gold Medalist Beaven says plan to change Blenheim's town center "risks losing its charms purely because some urban designers didn't like the aesthetic."

•   Towering plans over Sydney's Wynyard Station may not get a green light "because it provides too little public benefit."

•   Hume minces no words about what he thinks of Toronto's Trump Tower: "While it's clear no expense has been spared," it's still "a sow's ear and a silk purse wrapped in one."

•   Pearman has a fascinating discussion with Adjaye on Africa's problems and promise - no matter what, it's "brimming with unexpected opportunities."

•   RIBAJ lines up critics, practitioners, and academics from around the world to pick their favorites (a bit of a "herding-cats exercise" according to Pearman, but well worth it).

•   A look at collaborations between architects and botanists who "are finding pragmatic ways to blur the line between manmade construction and nature" (a.k.a. biomimetic architecture and biomimicry).

•   Wise offers the rather bizarre tale of the Palais Stoclet in Brussels: "It still glitters as a European Taj Mahal," but "faces an uncertain future."

•   Chaban goes to a preview of Gehry's new theater in Manhattan with the architect and Mayor Bloomberg - who'd like to see 10 more buildings by the starchitect in the next two years, but NYC "has actually faired quite well in the Frank Gehry department."

•   Hanscom has lively Q&A with Rocky Anderson, "one of the country's greenest mayors" who has high hopes of moving into the White House: "What possessed you to run for president?"

•   A New York-based Filipino-American architect has big things going on in Cebu.

•   Call for entries: The EBie Awards to recognize environmental performance improvements in existing buildings in the U.S. + 2012 IESNYC Lumen Awards; and IES Illumination Awards (international).


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