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Today’s News - Tuesday, August 21, 2012

•   ArcSpace brings us two houses in Portugal that have a lot more going on that what you see from the outside.

•   Berg checks in with the experts about whether there is a limit to how tall buildings can get.

•   Moore looks at the post-Olympic future of east London: "For now we can only observe that the masters of Olympic legacy are saying the right things, and wish them good luck."

•   Apparently, UNESCO wants a say in "any major proposed development" near the Tower of London and Westminster to rein in London's "skyscraper explosion" (that's sure to draw cheers and jeers).

•   Peirce parses the possibility of a freeway-free future for cities: "There's nothing wrong with cars, it's how they're used."

•   Hume cheers that transformation of Toronto's Yonge Street as "part of an urban 'experiment' - you can't help but be struck by how small moves can have such a huge effect."

•   Maltzan's St. Petersburg Pier plans have marine scientists "lamenting the lack of consultation before the proposal was selected"; the architect "remains optimistic."

•   Brownlee begs for a re-thinking of Philly's new Museum of the American Revolution: the current design is "not worthy of the museum's prominent location, ambitious leaders, or talented architect."

•   Roche is more than rattled by the escalating cost estimates of the Eisenhower Memorial: "Even Eisenhower wouldn't approve."

•   HKS /Pelli Clarke Pelli team wins competition to design the new Utah Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City.

•   An eyeful of the winning design in the competition for the new People's Market in Melbourne (it's very green).

•   King gives two thumbs-up to El Cerrito's new recycling center that "shows how even the least glamorous aspects of modern life can be housed in energetic style...there's no reason modest buildings can't shine" (it's very, very green).

•   Dunlap gets a sneak-peek at NYU's Bobst Library atrium beginning to sport a "digitally inspired veil" that looks "as gauzy as theatrical scrims" (and intended to save lives).

•   Mewburn is not amused with architects' websites that are "disaster zones": "What if architects designed their buildings the way they do websites?" (a most amusing read - and we couldn't agree more!).

•   A (lengthy) comparison between Koolhaas and Stern "opens up a series of vexing questions about their respective attitudes towards late capitalism, globalization, postmodernism, and the architect as brand."

•   Chaban reports on changes at The Architect's Newspaper: Iovine stepping down, Brake stepping in (we wish all good things to both).

•   One we couldn't resist: an eyeful of 10 industrial water towers converted into "awesome" homes (awesome, indeed!).

•   Call for entries: 2012 Chicago Prize Competition: an international ideas competition to envision what Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital could become + 2012 Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards.


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