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Today’s News - Monday, October 1, 2012

•   ArcSpace brings us fab photos of Ricciotti and Bellini's "luminous veil for Islamic Arts at the Louvre, and a new manual for mobile architecture.

•   Silk ponders whether "Modernism the last style" in architecture and art: "It's unlikely that we will ever return to those ideals shared by the proponents of classical architecture and objective art."

•   Altabe cheers what seems to be Silk's "rallying cry for art in architecture" - but he drops the ball on the art part.

•   The U.K. unveils new guideline for "a new generation of shrunken schools" that basically "dismisses the argument that good design can boost pupils' attainment."

•   In Dallas, the glare-inducing Museum Tower launches a new "salvo" in the PR war against the Nasher Sculpture Center that "blows up an agreement for a news blackout during negotiations," and basically relegates "sunlight roasting the museum" to being part of merely "an issue or two."

•   Tagliabue adds her voice to protests of plans re: security revamp of the Scottish Parliament that "is about to be ruined forever" by turning it into "Fortress Holyrood."

•   Toronto's theater community is "shocked" by a "bold move to redraw the landscape of the city's entertainment district" with plans to demolish a theater to make way for three 85-story Gehry-designed condo towers (pix included).

•   Feilden Clegg Bradley rises to the top of a stellar shortlist to win revamp job of London's Southbank Centre.

•   Hume x 2: two thumbs-ups for Ryerson Image Centre that "itself presents an essay of sorts on light" and "will make RIC a star in the Toronto - and international - photographic firmament."

•   He gives more like three thumbs-ups to Glendon College Centre of Excellence - a glass cube "of special elegance" and "an instance of utter simplicity."

•   Piano's new Astrup Fearnley Museum is a "graceful new sail-like structure" that "soars over the Oslo Fjord in a combination of glass and wood meant to capture the light and the water."

•   An eyeful of Studio Dror's proposal for a "hilly, floating metropolis" for 300,000 residents off the coast of Istanbul.

•   Inspired by Case Study houses, the "guys at Box Living have done what others before have tried and failed": prefab homes in New Zealand that "don't compromise on aesthetics."

•   Tischler reports on IDEO CEO Tim Brown's "5 reasons global firms should serve the developing world": "if we don't deeply understand the communities that we serve, we can't design for impact."

•   Public Architecture's The 1% is good for nonprofits - and architects: "one pro bono project can lead to 10 paying projects because of the connections made."

•   In the 2012 AIA UK Excellence in Design Awards, minimalist designs reign.

•   Open House Dublin 2012: Architecture Alive! arrives Friday.

•   One we couldn't resist: Moore offers his pick of the "10 best fictional architects: Visionaries, heroes and villains."

•   Call for entries: 2013 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence + Deadline reminder: EOI for the West Kowloon Cultural District M+ museum.


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