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Today’s News - Monday, October 15, 2012

•   ArcSpace goes Nordic this week with projects by Grieg Architects, 3XN, and Wingårdh Arkitektkontor.

•   We are saddened by the news that we've lost Franzen, a Modernist master who "was modest about the architect's role in making cityscapes."

•   On a brighter note, it's a Stirling kind of day, with an unexpected long-shot taking the prize:

•   Wainwright weighs in with why the Sainsbury Laboratory deserved to win: "Stanton Williams has recast what might once have been an anonymous prefab shed into nothing short of a temple to botany."

•   Moore agrees: it's an "exceptionally nice building, thoughtfully planned and beautifully constructed."

•   Heathcote hails the award as "a move away from the domination of the super-starchitects," and "a recognition that finally the artificial boundaries between cultural and research institutions are being reassessed."

•   Woodman wonders, with the finalists being "among the last fruits of the boom years," how the construction downturn will affect the award in the future.

•   The judges mince no words about what they think of the "dreadful" state of British architecture: it seems "excellence is now the exception."

•   Merrick finds "both irony and truth" in the judges' sentiments, with the prize going to "one of the least interesting buildings on the shortlist."

•   Hepworth Wakefield's director munches more than a few sour grapes about losing out to a building with "an enormous budget in an extremely privileged isn't a building that excites me."

•   Following that, how could we resist Baillieu and Winston's "How to lose gracefully: a guide for architects" (yes, "losing sucks").

•   Cheers to other award-winners: Campbell-Dollaghan offers a most interesting profile of Norway's TYIN Tegnestue, which took home the European Prize for Architecture this year.

•   The 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal Winners, who "creatively use the urban environment to make New York City a place of hope and expectation," are models for us all.

•   Russell raves over NYC's FDR Memorial that "brings fantastic life to the long-neglected site. Building a 38-year-old design essentially unaltered is unheard of. Everyone's architecture dates - except Kahn's."

•   Chaban brings us an in-depth look at what else is in store for Roosevelt Island: Cornell NYC Tech's massive campus will be anchored by Mayne's building that resembles "an aircraft carrier from another planet."

•   Becker tours U. of C.'s Logan Center with Williams and Tsien, and is particularly taken by the "architectural mojo" of its tower: "It's like a concentrator, a metaphorical chimney through which the energy of the low-rise block rises to a boil" (lots of pix, too!).

•   Saffron sees the design of a planned tower that "evokes a Chinese puzzle box" as "a game-changer for Philadelphia's Chinatown."

•   Dazzling (and dizzying!) eyefuls of Jerde's massive Mecenatpolis in Seoul.

•   AIA analyzes the possible repercussions if the U.S. falls over the "fiscal cliff" (a.k.a. the impending sequestration): it could cost the American A/E/C industry $2 billion in lost work: "both political parties are...placing ideology above governing."

•   A good reason to be in Detroit later this week: the National Organization of Minority Architects 2012 Conference returns to the city where it was founded.


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