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Today’s News - Tuesday, October 16, 2012

•   A most impressive international shortlist for the redevelopment of Melbourne's iconic Flinders Street Station (starchitects included).

•   Campbell (he's back!) weighs in on Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial: "The proposal is full of talent and the best of intentions. For some other purpose, this could be a great and gutsy design. Another problem is the question 'Why Eisenhower?'"

•   Rochon, meanwhile, ponders the massive Mirvish-Gehry development and "what makes Gehry great": "What lessons can be drawn from his greatest works, and how can we make sure they don't get lost in Toronto?"

•   King considers Snøhetta's conceptual design for the San Francisco Warriors arena: "Best of all, it understands that the Embarcadero doesn't need big buildings. It needs enticing connections to the bay."

•   Calys contemplates the arena's concept: while it "addresses the bigger planning issues," it is "not yet architecture, but it does represent a sensitive and inventive response to several vexing problems and therefore deserves honest consideration."

•   Davidson x 2: he talks to Lopate about NYC's urban development under Bloomberg: "the city's 2030 Plan has really helped shape the policy and the landscape of the Big Apple."

•   He tackles Cornell NYC Tech, "the future birthplace of tools we don't yet know we need," and Four Freedoms Park: "Mayne and Kahn came here and wound up undermining the very essence of what they mean to honor: the messy exuberance of the unchained mind."

•   Merrick mulls over Hadid's new Pierresvives that "already seems dated": it is "a slogan, a living stone that is part of the rebranding of Montpellier," but "has little to do with her latest exquisite experimental forms."

•   Schumacher visits H&deM's Caixa Forum: the "power station-turned-museum is a looker...a gutsy, sculptural structure distinct from the glassy weightlessness that is so often the fashion for museums" (great pix).

•   An eyeful of Viñoly's Mathematical Institute at Oxford "that pays respect to both its environmental and its historic context" - and just topped out.

•   Berger talks tall towers and "the adrenaline tourism game": "They're playing a revitalized role in this age of urbanization...more than high-rise playgrounds; they carry the burden of being important civic symbols...and as such should be about more than selling hot dogs and t-shirts."

•   Ledgard has a most interesting (at times amusing) encounter with Lord Foster, who finds himself "poised halfway from the Victorians to the space age" and "builds what he preaches" (thanks to a comic book hero).

•   In Uganda, Adjaye and curator of contemporary African art Njami have joined forces in a "brilliant project which has already changed the face of many African cities, and hopefully will change Kampala."

•   Davies digs deep into the success of NYC's High Line, and considers whether other cities can accomplish the same: "There're plenty of more modest instances of disused infrastructure being converted into parks, too" (most excellent links back him up).

•   Corner contemplates his ambitions for Olympic Park "that he hopes will replicate the High Line's impact in east London."

•   Landscape architect Johnston discusses the "landscape of autism": the "main difference between people with ASD and neuro-typical people is their perception of the world around them and their sense of self in space and time."

•   Hawthorne shares his heartwarming experience watching the space shuttle Endeavour's "voyage into L.A.'s public space": its "crowd-pleasing tour...efficiently demolished a series of myths about Los Angeles" and how its "wide boulevards can absorb almost anything without losing their basic personalities" (no mention of the 400 trees that had to be cut down).

•   The number of federal LEED-certified projects is growing, but there's a lot of grousing about the system, with calls to "change how things are done and do away with using the LEED system."

•   Call for entries: Vectorworks Young Architects Student Scholarship for U.S. architecture students + Creative Minds Monthly Design Competition.


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