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Today’s News - Thursday, September 6, 2012

•   Brussat pays eloquent tribute to a "contrarian's contrarian" who left a "sublime gift to Providence" and "a legacy that would be hard to match."

•   Libeskind's 2006 master plan for Copenhagen's massive Ørestad Downtown project gets downsized: "the dream is alive again - it's just different."

•   Russell revisits the remnants of Seattle's 1962 World's Fair: "The fair did what great urban spectacles like the Olympics are supposed to do: It put the city on the map, jump-starting a half-century of transformation."

•   A look at how much-berated towers-in-the-park "have evolved into something of a model for aging in place" (something "even Jane Jacobs could love").

•   An eyeful of an affordable, transit-oriented (and green) housing project for low-income seniors in Oakland, CA (it's "stylish" and "sleek" to boot).

•   Litt lights up when he enters Viñoly's "grand" new atrium at the Cleveland Museum of Art "full of finesse and finely calibrated detail."

•   Scott Cohen's new "futuristic" Taiyuan Museum of Art in China "extols the digitally modeled aesthetic" using a "decidedly contemporary visual vocabulary to communicate an enduring idea."

•   Davidson has a difficult time finding something good to say about the "jarring addition" to Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum: the "crushingly disappointing extension" leaves the original 1895 building "cowering behind a glossy white bathtub" (he's much kinder to the interior).

•   Woodman waxes almost nostalgic about AHMM's "terrific" Dagenham Park Church of England School: now the BSF program has been scrapped, it is "sole testament to the ambitions of a now departed age," offering "a clear model for the way British school design might develop...but increasingly it looks like it will come to represent the end of an era."

•   Baumgardner offers "a snapshot of how the highway of the future can be a boon, rather than a blight on, the urban fabric."

•  Chipperfield fires back at Prix: "How can our profession be regarded as anything more than a soap opera if the personalities of architects dominate all reporting and serious critique is abandoned not only by the media but also by architects themselves?"

•   Olcayto tackles both of their attacks on the media: "both of them use the press to further their own ambitions. Both are experienced media diehards too, not Bambi-like starlets caught unexpectedly in the headlights, despite their complaints."

•   An impressive list of finalists in the 2012 Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design.

•   A good reason to be in San Francisco this month: the Architecture and the City festival is underway + World Monuments Watch Day 2012 runs for much longer than a day.

•   Two we couldn't resist: sourcing exactly where Eastwood's infamous empty chair came from + Presidential commercials from 1952 through 2008, courtesy of the Museum of the Moving Image (it's a hoot - we spent wayyyy too much time here!).


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