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Today’s News - Friday, May 11, 2012

•   Cotton digs deep into the dilemma of deciphering who actually designed Seattle's Space Needle.

•   A new report looks at the growth of satellite cities in East Africa - they're a "double-edge sword" that "could create a 'nouveau apartheid.'"

•   Hume cheers Toronto's architectural culture: it's "alive and well," in large part because "local architects have evolved to the point where they see their role is not just designing structures, but building a city" (touches of starchitecture help, too).

•   Spanish politicos accuse Calatrava of "bleeding Valencia dry": "Today the City of the Arts and Sciences is sinking under its own excesses. That is where the architect died and the businessman was born."

•   de Monchaux x 2: the Barnes Foundation's new building "evokes its precursors' classical posture without recourse to formal pedantry" (and note the "choreography of the entry sequence").

•   He cheers the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's new visitor center, "the city's newest secret garden" with "a near-cinematic sequence of moments."

•   Bernstein is taken by the Nelson-Atkins' Sun Pavilion with scaffolding arranged "like mutated Tinker Toys" and photovoltaics as decorative elements that prove "solar panels don't have to be hidden away...a point that could influence architects everywhere."

•   An eyeful of the NASA Sustainability Base, "Earth's first high-performance space station."

•   Everyone wants their own High Line: A proposal is put forward to transform Sydney's "doomed and unprofitable monorail" into a Highlane: "if you're going to spend $15million bringing it down, why not spend less than that to keep it and add an asset to the city?" (alas, it seems it's going to take a lot of convincing).

•   Chicago's Bloomingdale Trail planning framework is wrapping up: "The project is much more earth-bound than its New York predecessor."

•   Rose reviews the week: Calatrava under fire (see story above), Hadid's Maxxi faces closure, but "Koolhaas's star keeps rising ... as far as The Simpsons."

•   Call for entries: Piraeus (Greece) Cultural Coast Museum for Underwater Antiquities Open Architectural Competition.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Heathcote on the Bauhaus: there's no doubt it is the "most famous design school in history; its legacy, however, is a different matter."

•   McGuirk visits a restored Futuro house in Finland, "an emblem of 1960s architectural utopianism. Just don't call it a spaceship."

•   In London, "SHIFTS: The Economic Crisis and its Consequences for Architecture" presents "an evocative, polemical" exhibition about "the far-reaching impacts of new economic circumstances on architecture's present and future."

•   Pieri's "Baghdad, Arts Deco, Architecture in Brick (1820-1950)" uncovers the city's architecture "turned invisible for the world for more than two decades" that "today breathes with powerful lungs, standing high over the rank fumes of war."

•   "Beyond the Bahay Kubo: 16 Climate-Conscious Tropical Homes" proves the Filipino style "was the original sustainable house."

•   Hosey recommends 10 "compelling reads that, in their own ways, expand the sustainability dialogue."


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