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Today’s News - Wednesday, March 6, 2013

•   ArcSpace brings us a tome on Copenhagen's Tietgen Dormitory, Meier in Bergamo, and Coop Himmelb(l)au in Dresden.

•   King cheers (for the most part) "vibrant cities" that "roll with the punches: It's a tug of war where the memorable exerts more pull than the mundane. As long as the good outweighs the bad, the latter fades into the background."

•   Kimmelman finds much to like (with a few exceptions) at Holl's new sports complex for Columbia University: "It's not a beauty. But it is a tough, sophisticated and imaginative work of architecture for a devilish site."

•   Gehry's Maggie's Centre in Hong Kong is ready for its close-up.

•   Chaban reports on NYC's largest housing project since Co-op City: "Snubbing Sandy, the city breaks ground in a flood zone," but it's "being built under strict flood mitigation standards to protect against future storms."

•   Long takes a long look at just-released plans for London's Southbank Centre makeover, and likes (most of) what he sees: the new Festival Wing will be "a glowing lozenge on the skyline," though he is "wary about us editing out all of the roughness of central London" + AJ report with lots of images.

•   Fuller's largest "Fly's Eye" dome is being restored, to make its debut in Toulouse in May.

•   On a sadder note, a modernist Raleigh home by Fitzgibbon bites the dust despite preservationists' efforts: "It was an act of vandalism."

•   Big news for BIG: Ingels' "mountain-slash-ski-slope-slash-waste-to-energy-power-plant" in Copenhagen is a go + His LEGO Brand House will be "a public museum and experience center" that will look at LEGO as "an art form" and "its cultural impact."

•   In one of Bangkok's poorest neighborhoods, Spark Architects sparks things up with a youth center for disadvantaged kids where "the users - the children themselves - called the shots."

•   Ditto in Boston, where the new MassArt Student Residence Hall was inspired by a Klimt: "It was the students' idea that the building look like a painting and that it be just as colorful and vibrant as they are" ("pajama floor" included).

•   Our heartiest cheers to van der Leer, who has just been appointed executive director of New York's Van Alen Institute (a most excellent fit, we think)!

•   A New Humanism: Part 12: Structuring experience: Order and Patterns (one of our faves in the series).

•   Call for entries: Architect mag's 7th Annual R+D Awards to honor innovative materials and systems at every scale + 4th Annual ONE Prize: Stormproof: Open International Design Competition for Building Resilient Cities + Cradle to Cradle/ Make It Right Foundation Product Innovation Challenge: design a product for the affordable housing market.



  


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