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Today’s News - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

•   McGuirk tells the tale of two cities in Colombia that "doesn't come with two happy endings" (great read and links!).

•   Why it's time for designers to stop feeling sorry for Africa: linking a "bottom-of-the-pyramid market" to "'aid culture' detracts from the entrepreneurial opportunity."

•   An in-depth look at Ikea's plans to build a new neighborhood in a rusty part of London that "could be an important solution to the housing-supply shortages that plague many large cities - but it could take some getting used to" (a touch too much of a nanny-state, perhaps?).

•   Sydney gives a thumbs-up to a billion-dollar tower over Wynyard Station (to be oh-so-green - it hopes).

•   Anderson lays out why "what we need now is a new building science that provides credible metrics to validate and evaluate energy performance" in urban buildings (new and old).

•   Williams and Tsien carry "the burden of history" with their new Barnes museum: can/will it really be judged "on its own merits? Or will their design be forever burdened by the memory of collector Albert Barnes and his idiosyncratic house-museum?"

•   Ijeh gives (mostly) thumbs-up to the Titanic Belfast museum: it is "striking, daring and distinctive" (with perhaps a touch of Las Vegas - not necessarily a bad thing).

•   Then there's the other Titanic museum in Southampton...

•   Meanwhile in Modena, the Ferrari Museum is "the ultimate garage" for those oh-so-delectable classic cars (may we have one, please?).

•   Long finds "a striking lesson in intelligent, fit-for-purpose design" in a new business school in London: "It is self-effacing but highly competent buildings such as this that can rebuild the public's faith in architects, and give our city institutions of value that will outlast us."

•   Webb cheers a new, light-filled Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center for UCLA in Santa Monica, "likely to be the first such facility to achieve a Gold LEED rating."

•   Troy, NY's once-beleaguered riverfront on the Hudson gets a revamp to be ready for its close-up this summer (we're game!).

•   Herron delves deep into how Albert Kahn, Diego Rivera, and Henry and Edsel Ford "contributed to shaping the image and the mythology" of Detroit, and how "their collective vision foreshadowed the dramatic decline" of the city (great images, too).

•   Davidson is a bit dismissive of NYC's new "Taxi of Tomorrow": it "has a strong whiff of suburbia" (and let's not forget its odor-eating upholstery).

•   Hetter offers "six new hotspots for architecture lovers" (with side-trips for true architecture geeks).

•   Hadid wins AJ Women in Architecture newly-revived Jane Drew Prize: she "has broken the glass ceiling more than anyone and is practically a household name."

•   University of Colorado/Harvard University proposal for redeveloping a new downtown Houston district wins $50,000 in the 10th annual ULI/Hines Student Urban Design Competition.

•   Call for entries: Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards for Religious Art & Architecture.


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