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Today’s News - Tuesday, August 28, 2012

•   ArcSpace brings us Piano's Shard.

•   An architect takes issue with "Vancouverism" as being more about style than substance.

•   Meanwhile, a new Vancouver condo weds automotive and architectural design "in a neighborhood, ironically marketed as a place where you don't need to drive" (Porches included).

•   China is serious - and successful - at exporting its own design and construction talent.

•   Challenges lie ahead for Moscow's new (35-year-old) chief architect, including winning over the city's architectural community: "creating a competitive environment for architects is crucial."

•   El Paso requirement that architects working on city projects be accredited in new urbanism had many thinking "it was bureaucracy run amok," but architects are beginning to warm up to it.

•   Russell gives us a sneak-peek at Gehry's massive "idea factory" for Facebook from the man himself: forget "shiny fronds of fluttering reflective metal," this is "architecture that won't preen, he promises."

•   King on Snøhetta's two big San Francisco wins - the SFMOMA addition, and now a new basketball arena on the Embarcadero: "the two immense projects have more in common than meets the eye."

•   The almost-ready-for-its-close-up Barclays Center in Brooklyn puts the spotlight on weathering steel, a.k.a. Cor-Ten: it "has many fans in the world of art and architecture" (along with a few puddles of rust).

•   Kent makes the case for saving Goldberg's Prentice Hospital: "The complexity of this structure is breathtaking, the chutzpah of its architect staggering."

•   A rather - no, make that very pessimistic take on the High Line: it's "destroying neighborhoods as it grows. And it's doing so by design."

•   Rosenbaum cheers the "11th-hour rescue" of Tacha's "Green Acres" in Trenton that "also triggered traumatic flashbacks to a less happily resolved conflict between public art and public taste."

•   Hawthorne tackles why the FLW-inspired stage design "could be wrong" for the Republican Convention: "The GOP wanted warmth, but it is also getting a bit of Ayn Rand."

•   Ah to be in Venice: The Architect's Newspaper/Il Giornale Dell'Architettura special coverage + highlights from their Q&A with Chipperfield: "The Architecture Biennale is not an 'Architecture's Got Talent' show."

•   Chen offers up his first impressions: "it's the starchitects who generally fall short, presenting what often feels like little more than advertisements for their latest projects."

•   A not all that informative but lively video stroll through the Biennale + (how could we resist!) "Painted pigeons of St. Mark's square put Venice Biennale critics in a flap."

•   An eyeful of the Telegraph Young Architecture Competition winners (ages 6-15): "Some designs are crazy, others are contemporary, but all show that the future of British architecture is in safe hands" (another we couldn't resist).

•   Call for entries: TH!NK:Art+ArchitectureCamp: a design-build camp in Ghana.


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