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Today’s News - Thursday, May 16, 2013

•   Peabody Essex Museum decides to drop Mather's expansion plans and will look for a "replacement architect," though his "master plan would 'inform' future developments."

•   Eyefuls of Zaha's winning design for a new metro station in Riyadh (sadly, no pix of Snøhetta's and Gerber's stations).

•   Brits beat out Americans for the $1 billion-plus Barangaroo tower in Sydney - the "competition capped a list of controversies to dog the site."

•   Farrelly minces no words about what she thinks of the whole thing: "The three shortlisted designs are remarkable only for their sameness. Ultra-glassy, cryogenically frozen Dubai-type towers..." (and those already approved are "depressing because they're so damned ordinary").

•   Barangaroo "has a voracious appetite for conflict" ("participatory democracy is difficult"): "History will harshly judge those who trample all to impose their shiny visions."

•   Meanwhile, the Australian Institute of Architects has issued a statement re: Darling Harbour redevelopment, saying it "betrays the public interest" and that "the decision to demolish and rebuild is 'wasteful.'"

•   Hume is slightly more optimistic about development plans for a "still-gritty part of Toronto" by Canada's "biggest unenclosed mall-maker" (Wal-Mart not included).

•   A very fine shortlist of four tapped to refurbish the U.S.'s Athens Chancery.

•   Chaban parses NYC tapping Rose, Gehl, and Skanska to re-imagine East Midtown's public realm, "but critics say time is wasting."

•   Silverstein finally gathers enough steam to move ahead with Stern's previously-stalled 82-story residential tower in Lower Manhattan.

•   In the Philippines, "concrete jungles will be less concrete and more jungle - or at least more green" - especially with its first LEED tower in Makati, a "marvel of glass and green architecture."

•   While the Hefei Grand Theatre in China is "one of the pioneers of green architecture" with a remarkable solar energy system inside the roof structure, solar power isn't for every building or place.

•   Hopkirk talks globalization with Correa ("who seems to carry a walking stick for the sole purpose of emphasizing his points"): he "laments the culture of 'carpet-bagging architects' who design a building every time they get off a plane."

•   A Brooklyn-based architect, designer, and instructor wins GSD's inaugural Wheelwright Prize - a $100,000 traveling fellowship to explore "Floating City: The Community-Based Architecture of Parade Floats."

•   Cary's commencement address to graduates of the University of New Mexico School of Architecture & Planning: "The architecture profession, at least as we've known it, is dying and you graduates are exactly the people we need to resurrect and reconstitute it."

•   Call for entries/portfolios: Ground/Work Competition to envision Van Alen Institute's new work and program space.



  


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