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Today’s News - Monday, September 24, 2012

•   ArcSpace brings us Coop Himmelb(l)au in South Korea, and Amateur Architecture Studio (of Pritzker fame) in China.

•   Davidson and Lange offer very different views of Brooklyn's new Barclays Center: "a great, tough-hided beast of a building...yet somehow it's more alluring than fearsome," says he; "a designer U.F.O...its aggressive form and color, its otherworldliness, condition the rest of the development site for more of the same," says she (did they go to the same building?).

•   King is a bit concerned about how architecture will fare in a larger SFMOMA: "all signs indicate that the A+D galleries will grow only slightly - even though the overall museum is doubling in size" (it doesn't help that there's been no A+D curator named since Urbach left over a year ago).

•   An impressive shortlist named for the Winnipeg Art Gallery Inuit Art and Learning Centre: "Any of these firms could give us a spectacular design."

•   Chaban wonders whither went de Portzamparc in an "8-acre bait and switch" going on at NYC's Riverside Center (but such "switcheroos" are nothing new).

•   Holyrood architect joins the campaign against plans for a new building entrance without "prior public consultation."

•   Bentley divines the future of two Chicago coal plants scheduled to be shuttered: "reuse speculation is at peak capacity," and what happens "could have nationwide implications" (that seem fairly optimistic).

•   Remick cheers an initiative in San Francisco to "bring the arts to the forefront of community change."

•   Meier, Spear, Brownlie, and others are on board to advise on the aesthetics of a planned overhaul of the Tappan Zee Bridge crossing the Hudson River.

•   NYC is first in U.S. to publicly post its 2011 energy benchmarking results.

•   Chan is enchanted by WXY's drawings of the redesign of NYC's Drawing Center.

•   Genevro and Wessner discuss "their reactions and favorite moments" at the Biennale (and a lively, thoughtful discussion it is).

•   An eyeful of Park(ing) Day around the U.S.

•   Two we couldn't resist: stunning images of Gaudi's Basilica Sagrada Familia lit up in spectrum of color for Barcelona's Merce Festival (truly stunning!) + "Hilarious" screenshots of Apple's new Maps app, "showing an apocalypse-like rendition of various parts of Earth" (very funny - and scary for so many reasons).

•   Call for entries: Design Museum Boston's Street Seats Design Challenge: Design furniture for the city's Fort Point Channel.


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