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Today’s News - Monday, July 30, 2012

•   ArcSpace offers an eyeful of a corner in Reykjavik with a rich "mix of interpretation reflecting the different ages and histories of the former buildings."

•   Wainwright waxes poetic about Heatherwick's Olympic cauldron: it's a reinvention of "the bowl-of-fire-on-a-stick," and the "most elegant and innovative design in 84-year history of this strange tradition" (we'd call it the "WOW!" heard 'round the world!).

•   An in-depth look at the young British firm behind the BMW London 2012 Pavilion and its Malaysian-born co-founder.

•   Wells x 2: the U.K. "cribs from Australian playbook for post-Olympics success" with hopes that designs, architects, and construction will become its biggest exports over the next decade.

•   He parses the "ultimate pop-up Olympics": London's bottom line "is that it shouldn't be saddled with white elephants once the Olympic flame goes out."

•   Hawthorne has some issues with the pop-up trend, from London to Pasadena: the "approach may produce ingenious pieces of architecture. But is this any way to build a city?"

•   Bhatia minces no words about the state of architecture in India: the profession "has handily dismissed itself," and become "truly redundant in the scheme of things. The real work is being done by the stage-set artist."

•   Davidson cheers the rebirth of the Brooklyn Navy Yard: "you can see the drift of entropy being slowly, fitfully reversed. Decay coexists with vigor...the true beauty of this historic industrial park is that it's still an industrial park."

•   Kamin reflects on how "time can be an ally for preservationists...architectural attitudes can shift, transforming today's 'this has gotta go' eyesore into tomorrow's 'this must be saved' treasure."

•   Hume x 2: time is certainly not on the side of Toronto's currently-shuttered Ontario Place: "Barring a sudden outbreak of enlightenment it will end up another real estate deal leading to - what else? - more condos."

•   He gets an earful from Gehl Architects' Soholt: "'There seems to be a fear of taking any sort of risk or trying anything new.' No kidding."

•   Hadid hopes redevelopment of South Bank will not go all "cutesy" or "repeat tragic amputations of recent decades."

•   Parramatta picks team to create a unique identity for its City Ring Road.

•   Doig doesn't have a lot of good things to say about the adAPT NYC initiative to develop a building of 300-square-foot studios: it's more about appealing "to the young and upwardly mobile" rather than actual affordable housing.

•   Russell is rather taken by DS+R's Medical and Graduate Education building for Columbia University: "To have human interaction shape a building is an extraordinary departure from the standard considerations that affect health-care architecture."

•   Cooper Carry's new tower in Arlington, VA: "what a splendid work it is. What an act of preservation, respect and sensitivity."

•   Gensler's a new gate to the financial heart of Dubai, inspired by the Arc de Triomphe, is an "architectural triumph."

•   A judge halts UCLA from its pending sale of the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden.

•   EPA's 3rd Annual Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings kicks off with a record 3,200 buildings.

•   One we couldn't resist: a Texas judge rules that the air we breathe is a public trust: "Is this a 'shot heard round the world' for fight against climate change?"


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