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Today’s News - Thursday, June 28, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're still experiencing major Internet problems in (sweltering) Arizona - hence yesterday's missed newsletter. Hopefully, things are getting better...

•   Siza seizes the Venice Biennale's Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement (with lots of pix that prove why).

•   From London: Liverpool set for a showdown with UNESCO over possible loss of World Heritage Site status: some believe it's "a price worth paying in pursuit of the development."

•   Moore bemoans Bomber Command Memorial's "amnesiac classical" style: it's "a work of wishing away, of ignoring time, place and moral difficulty" that "reveals a jarring lack of sensitivity."

•   It looks like preservationists have lost the battle to save Minneapolis's Peavey Plaza from demolition (though new design does retain water elements).

•   Two reports from Moscow re: threats to the city's cultural heritage includes a call to restore the 90-year-old Shukhov radio tower that has influenced any number of contemporary architects.

•   A look at why China is producing "a plethora of ugly buildings."

•   Chan finds "a stunning declaration of the future of affordable housing" in the Bronx's "radiant" Via Verde housing complex.

•   Sharoff revisits Chicago's Schiff Residences public/affordable housing project five years later: it "set the sustainability bar high but fell a little short...It might not have changed the world, but it has changed a lot of lives."

•   Also from Chicagoland: Kamin reports on Mag Mile's first high-rise in many years: it "is too competent to be bad but not inspired enough to be good"; it is a case of "architectural taxidermy" that "has turned out better than expected. Yet..."

•   Bentley considers two major developments on the Chicago River that offer the opportunity to "reflect on what a new model for sustaining live/work communities downtown might look like."

•   King x 2: the design of San Francisco Airport's new "torch-like" control tower: "keep this simple phrase in mind: Flair follows function."

•   He hopes the Golden State Warriors might reconsider plans for an arena on the Embarcadero: "images released so far are as substantial as cotton candy...purely for show. The team hasn't hired an architect."

•   Chan is not so cheered by Stern's Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia: it's "an attempt to "Imagineer" visitors back into history."

•   An eyeful of DS+R/Gensler's 14-story tower for Columbia University Medical Center that "will become a major landmark in the skyline of northern Manhattan" (looks pretty cool to us!).

•   Ethiopia's new National Stadium will be "a fusion of both international and cultural design elements" that pay tribute to the country's heritage.

•   Baillieu hopes Dame Zaha stands up for what she believes in: "how will she use her new prefix?"

•   One example: Hadid minces no words about the word "austerity": it's "a cliché to hide behind" as an excuse for low-quality housing.


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