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Today’s News - Monday, September 17, 2012

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Ken Price in L.A., Palladio at Yale, and Keith Williams Architects' Novium museum Chichester, U.K.

•   Some thoughtful (and sometimes cranky) commentary from all over: Zhou takes the "pulse of public sentiment" about some of China's more "outrageous" architecture (think "jeans tower" - a.k.a. Gate of the Orient): "If to err is human, I'd rather we err on the side of audacity. I'd derive more gratification from a building that is annoying than one that is utterly forgettable" (illustration a must-see!)

•   A Zambian architect calls for the new Ministry of Tourism and Arts "to relook at tourism and art"; it "desperately needs to get out of its current malaise of producing buildings that are totally utilitarian," and get "beyond the current campaign limits of Keep Zambia Clean."

•   Roche adds his voice to the calls to recall Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial: "the controversy has only deepened...moving us away from the consensus this or any public memorial needs."

•   Boddy takes a look at Pei's impact (good and bad): the "ascent" of the "first non-Western architect to rise to the peaks of the global worth examining."

•   Wahlroos-Ritter takes issue with Prix's pummeling of the Biennale, offering a "second look at some exceptional entries" that are "anything but an exhibitionist display."

•   On brighter notes, Hawthorne finds "optimism and anxiety" along L.A.'s Crenshaw Boulevard "as a revived rail service push and an auto-free younger generation herald changes for one close-knit community."

•   King finds a transformed power plant "one of the most provocative new works of architecture in San Francisco."

•   Rochon is revved about Toronto's new Regent Park Aquatic Centre: "there's pure design joy to be found," along with "disarming integrity; don't confuse sensitive design gestures with less fun."

•   KieranTimberlake and client reflect on what went into making the Sidwell Friends School such a success.

•   Oklahoma City's iconic Gold Dome recently went on the auction block; there was only one bidder who says "he does not intend to tear down the building."

•   Kieran Long talks about his stint as assistant director of the Venice Biennale and "being a non-architectural voice for architecture."

•   World Green Building Week 2012 starts today, with 92 nations participating.

•   London is gearing up for 100% Design 2012, beginning Wednesday.

•   Eyefuls of the Landscape, Architecture & Wine International Student Design Competition winners.

•   Call for entries (and lots of 'em!): EOI for Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District M+ museum + Latrobe City (Australia): Transitioning Cities - Low Carbon Futures International Design Competition + Call for papers: 50th International Making Cities Livable Conference + 2013 Berkeley Prize Student Essay Competition.


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