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Today’s News - Thursday, March 22, 2012

•   We lose Giacometti, "one of the most important Swiss architects after WWII" (he was 104 or 105, depending on which report one reads).

•   Peirce parses fading partisanship in cities making plans to be part of the new global economy: "Successful metros demonstrate an interesting interplay between placemaking and economy shaping" that could make them "America's prime wedge of global innovation."

•   Brake, on the other hand, bemoans a transportation policy that has "effectively condemned many struggling Midwest and Northeast Cities to a slow death."

•   Russell cheers Calatrava's bridge over Dallas's Trinity River, but it "could have been so much more than an ornament on the skyline."

•   Meanwhile Calatrava's Peace Bridge in Calgary is (finally) ready for its close-up: while "a mere mention can be like a red cape to a bull, evoking rants about public spending, fancy-pants European architects" by some, others "just plain find the bridge neat."

•   BMW Guggenheim Lab abandons plans for its next roost in Berlin after "scrappy Kreuzberg district" residents protest that it signals "rapid gentrification" and police give the project a "high hazard assessment."

•   Davies ponders Gehry's University of Technology Sydney project: "Is good architecture all about marketing?'s everything you'd expect to get when you buy Gehry," and it "will have cachet but maybe not as much as UTS hopes" (then there's that pesky brick-laying puzzle).

•   Two takes on two projects by an entrepreneur who "is almost single-handedly reviving downtown Detroit" - a good thing, but with major reservations: "Hi-tech blech? It's 2002 on the phone and Karim Rashid wants his graphics back," says Ellsworth; his "design choices are starting to make some onlookers a little squeamish," says Byrnes.

•   King has high praise for the transformation of a 1925 concrete building into "a multilevel shrine to artisanal coffee" that puts "the old bones to good use."

•   London gives the green light to Foster's Bloomberg HQ (the Roman Temple of Mithras included!).

•   Chaban cheers the Drawing Center's centered plans for growth, finally bringing its "decade-long saga to a close" (Ground Zero not included).

•   Brussat offers a fascinating tale (and great images) of Providence's brush with plans for airships to moor atop its "Superman Building."

•   The AIA ABI runs in the black for the fourth straight month: "the architectural community might begin to exhale a sigh of relief."

•   Three finalists named in the ideas competition to re-imagine 9 acres of the Seattle 1962 World's Fair site.


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