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Today’s News - Monday, July 23, 2012

•   ArcSpace brings us a surprising marriage registration center in Shenzhen that offers everything but a dull, bureaucratic experience.

•   It's that Stirling Prize time of year, with Hepworth Wakefield, Maggie's Cancer Centre, New Court Rothschild Bank, London Olympic Stadium, Lyric Theatre Belfast, and Sainsbury Laboratory in the running:

•   Moore finds the shortlist "simple and restrained. Possibly also sober, plain and very much not iconic" that "reflects the zeitgeist of our straitened times."

•   Wainwright, on the other hand, finds it a shortlist of "artificial austerity...the buildings might seem stripped back, restrained, but this is not cheap and cheerful recession chic...this is stealth wealth."

•   Woodman on the shortlist for "architecture's wooden spoon," the Carbuncle Cup 2012, which "boasts two wrist-slashingly awful housing schemes."

•   While we're on that side of the Big Pond, two Olympic tales we couldn't resist: the London Eye will sport a Twitter-based mood-measuring lightshow during the Games (beware the color purple).

•   To help recoup some of its $15 billion price tag, London rolls out "Remains of the Games," an online estate sale of everything used in the Olympic Village (some great buys to be had - certificate of authenticity included).

•   Florida tackles the blurring of distinctions between "city" and "suburb": they "not only look and feel eerily similar, they are home to the same types of people."

•   Doig delves into the up-side of "free-roaming children" as "an integral part of what makes a good city," but "anecdotes about unsupervised kids being caught in the net of paranoid parenting are as laughable as they are depressing."

•   Kamin cheers a pair of new apartment towers in Chicago: "Even if they don't equal the visual poetry of Mies...the SoNo towers offer models worth emulating."

•   Welton seems wowed by Graves's new museum in Singapore: what the architect calls "a sleeping giant" is "more a likely giant about to waken" (looks pretty fabulous to us, too!).

•   A new community center in an at-risk suburban neighborhood of Toronto is "a lesson in doing more with less: less money, less space and less time, all of which resulted in an uplifting space."

•   King on the 3 teams shortlisted to re-do San Francisco's Fort Mason historic district.

•   Davidson cheers the re-do of the winning design for NYC AIDS Memorial Park: it is "far softer, more empathic and understated than the competition entry" that "captures something crucial about the intersection of public space and private reflection" + Dunlap explains how, even with community board endorsement, "there are critical steps ahead" for the memorial.

•   Gibson reminds us (eloquently) of why the Pantheon takes our breath away every time we enter: it's "the greatest interior in Western architecture, one where space is nearly as palpable as the forms that contain it - what isn't there is as important as what is."

•   Call for entries: Fitch Foundation Mid-Career Grants for preservation-related projects, and Richard L. Blinder Award to advance architectural preservation in the U.S.



  


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