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Today’s News - Thursday, August 9, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: Just a reminder that we're taking Fridays and Mondays off for the rest of August. We'll be back Tuesday, August 14. Happy Weekend!

•   McGuirk weighs in on the Olympic Park experience: "Britain might have launched the industrial revolution but now we specialize in post-industrial's a strange landscape indeed where McDonald's plays the arbiter of good taste."

•   Hurst hails - and assails - Olympic designers: the logo looks like "somebody dropped it, and it broke," the "creepy one-eyed mascots," and "the architecture serves many masters" (and some thoughtful observations from Nicholas de Monchaux).

•   Jones takes on Rosenthal's enthrallment with the Shard: "Why has Piano departed so violently from the civilized standards I associate with his architecture?"

•   Meier's federal courthouse in Phoenix may be "a visual triumph of modern architecture," but inside it can be a "solar oven."

•   Chaban posts bunches of brand new renderings of 1WTC that "show a building that looks a little sharper, perhaps a little less striking, but something still bound to dominate the skyline" (too bad about the spire, though).

•   What a bout the birds, we wondered, then NPR offers a series on architects and researchers looking to build bird-friendly buildings + bird-friendly glass debuts in the U.K.

•   King cheers a new rec center in San Francisco's Chinatown - not so much for its architecture, but how well it fits the neighborhood (and designed by Department of Public Works architects, no less).

•   Melbourne is about to get an apartment building that makes every effort to "fight urban monotony" with a "show-stopping façade akin to a surrealist painting."

•   BIG takes on Miami's Coconut Grove - with two luxury towers and a Jungles landscape (we can't wait to see better pix!).

•   The New England Conservatory taps Beha/Gensler to create "a striking transformation of the mostly brick campus."

•   Davidson's fascinating slide show essay re: some surprising sources of some of the "most amazing and era-defining architectural inventions" in recent years that prove they really "aren't innovations at all."

•   Brussat cheers Alexander, Signorelli, and Salingaros: modernism and classicism "are based on vitally different world views" (with a little good vs. evil thrown in).

•   Heritage Malta's Bondin doesn't hate contemporary architecture, he just wishes there was more dedication to "ensure that modern buildings have at least a good design."

•   Columbus, Indiana, is the "Midwestern Mecca" of Modern masters: "We don't build anything that isn't attractive."

•   A great profile of Pritzker-winner Wang Shu: his win "astounded the powerful construction professionals who greeted his award with public silence."

•   And a profile of Palafox, who is "changing the landscape of the Philippines - and the world" with a triple bottom line approach: "People first or social equity, then planet earth or the environment, and finally profit or economic goals. If one of the three legs is missing then we don't take the project."

•   Scruton's "How to Think Seriously About the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism" argues that "no large-scale environmental project will succeed if it is not rooted in small-scale practical reasoning."


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