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Today’s News - Friday, September 7, 2012

•   Nobel offers a thoughtful overview some long- in-the-making and much-anticipated projects: "Architecture is slow. But in time, and with luck, buildings do get built."

•   Ammunition to argue for green architecture: a real estate report finds "green buildings outperform in vacancy, rental rates."

•   Bergen reports on the "battle for Bangalore's soul" with plans to widen dozens of streets to ease traffic: "The question really is whether it actually decongests the city. It doesn't."

•   Grabar looks at the pros and cons of a proposal for elevated bike lanes that has "already piqued the interest" of London's mayor: "A skyway could be seen as a concession of the road to automobiles, pushing cycling out of the mainstream."

•   Chaban reports that BIG's W57 has hit an approval bump-in-the-road with its community board liking the design, but not totally convinced it will serve the nabe: "the public should benefit as well as the developer."

•   Kuma's Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center in Japan "combines old and new, functional and aesthetic, urban grit and anime-fantastic, information and relaxation in marvelous ways" (great pix!)

•   A plan for a hotel made from shipping containers is one more sign Detroit's "post-industrial landscape is fertile ground for innovative design."

•   A "spectacular" 74-story skyscraper, "billed as China's answer to the Arc de Triomphe," has no lack of "critics who compare it to a pair of 'giant underpants.'"

•   SCI-Arc scores with a new $100,000 Gehry Prize endowed by the man himself.

•   Call for entries: 60th Annual P/A Awards for unbuilt projects.

•   One we couldn't resist: Stoelker gives us an eyeful of 1WTC - from the 103rd floor: "missing are the sounds: workers shouting, metal clanging, and Queen's "We Will Rock You" playing from a radio."

•   Weekend diversions: Doig parses Anasi's "The Last Bohemia": "Are urban bohemias, you know, so over?"

•   "Australian Artists and The Sydney Opera House" celebrates the icon with a show in Utzon's hometown in Denmark.

•   "Louis Kahn - The Power of Architecture" premiers tomorrow at Rotterdam's NAI.

•   "The Housing Project," offering a "design debate and a cinematic account of Melbourne architecture practices,' reopens at the city's fortyfivedownstairs.

•   Toronto's DX/Design Exchange premiers Bouras and McClure's "Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge," and reprises Rappaport's "Vertical Urban Factory."

•   "Digital Crystal" at London's Design Museum includes "unusually evocative" offerings in a "frenetic and dazzling exhibition that won't easily be forgotten" (great pix!).



  


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