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Today’s News - Wednesday, September 5, 2012

•   Pedersen ponders 10 lessons he learned living through Hurricane Isaac from his new digs in New Orleans (#6: "living in a boarded-up house is creepy").

•   Bevan is a bit sad that this year marks the "swansong" for Cox's Australian pavilion, though he is much impressed with what's inside - and all around: "the Biennale has been dominated by soul-searching."

•   Plans for the new M+ museum on the Hong Kong waterfront "will play a 'similarly talismanic role'" as the Sydney Opera House: "the design will have to be supremely functional and an artwork itself. It would be heartbreakingly easy to get the design wrong, or just not entirely right."

•   It bodes well (to us, anyway) that Aric Chen has been appointed Curator of Design and Architecture for the M+ (EOI for design coming soon!).

•   Libeskind and McAdam Design win tapped to design a "conflict resolution center on the site of Northern Ireland's infamous Maze Prison."

•   Guimarães, Portugal, crowns its year as European Capital of Culture with the Platform of Arts and Creativity, "a bold, brass gallery."

•   LaBarre isn't quite sure what to make of Heatherwick's design for a new Hong Kong hotel: "I can't decide if this is channeling an explosion of Mail Boxes Etc. or some sort of architectural bacteria that's slowly eating its way through the building. Maybe both."

•   It's an FLW kind of day: Pogrebin and Schumacher weigh in on the Frank Lloyd Wright archive moving to NYC: "The posthumous shift to the Big Apple might not be the sentimental favorite for some Wisconsin Wrightophiles, but it does put the architect in the center of the dialogue about architecture and modernism in the U.S."

•   LeBlanc cheers a "wounded" FLW home in Buffalo, N.Y. "gets put right."

•   Sadly, a Phoenix home FLW designed for his son faces possible demolition if preservationists lose the battle to save it.

•   Deadlines abound: RFP for Barangaroo Central Master Planning team + Cleveland Design Competition deadline extended + 2013 Rome Prize fellowships + USITT 2013 "Ideal Theatre" Student Design Competition + NYC Best for Business Infographic Competition + Building Trust International Open Photography Competition (very cool).


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