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Today’s News - Thursday, March 1, 2012

•   A handful of very interesting takes on the ramifications of Wang Shu's Pritzker win: "without a willingness to make up for the missed density elsewhere, his brand of anti-urbanization risks irrelevance."

•   Reviewing tweets in China, his win "inspired equal parts bafflement and skepticism."

•   The prize "may also help China dispel widely repeated criticism that it can't compete with other countries in creative disciplines."

•   Wang's "designs might well serve as a symbol of hope that China's cultural traditions and its economic growth can go hand-in-hand."

•   Transcript of his talk in L.A. the day the Pritzker was announced: "Architecture is not more important to me than life. I don't believe you can be a good architect if you don't have a good life."

•   Flint on the goal of the 2012 TED Prize: grants to local projects which are most likely to spur the creation of The City 2.0 (despite the skeptics).

•   Kotkin explains why "urban planning professors, 'smart growth' advocates and architectural aesthetes swooning over a high-density rental future" are off the mark in betting against the single-family house.

•   San Diego has high hopes for a $2 billion mixed-use development on a 230-acre former quarry: it is one of the country's largest examples of "urban infill."

•   Sydney's 1 Bligh Street, Australia's first green skyscraper, is "informed by the architects' social and cultural intent...Let's hope that the building's success will further inspire Sydney developers to allow buildings to be design led" (great pix).

•   Iovine finds Gehry's Signature theater divine: a "quietly potent new kind of space" that "exudes a workshop aesthetic and energy."

•   Brussat offers some "fun facts" about Las Vegas: he loves Schwarz's "lovely new" Smith Center; not such kind words for CityCenter (where he gets lost); and the "Your Brain on Drugs" Building ("if only Frank Gehry would stay in Vegas, too").

•   In Oklahoma City, Johansen's 1970 Mummers Theater "seems a likely candidate for demolition and redevelopment. But not if the AIA Central Oklahoma Chapter has anything to do with it."

•   A slide show essay of parking garages by "visionary architects and developers" who "clearly think of parking facilities as something more than dreary necessities or financial investments."


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