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Today’s News - Monday, September 23, 2013

•   ArcSpace brings us a charming summerhouse that is "a restrained yet contrast-filled reinterpretation of the Swedish gabled boat houses," and an Ando profile.

•   Surprise! The 1969 "neo-Corbusian" Preston bus station gets landmarked, leaving the pro-demo faction fuming: "Obviously it's not the outcome we were hoping for."

•   BIG's big idea for "a twisted 500-foot beehive of a tower" in Vancouver "has the city's art and architecture crowd panting with desire" - and others who see it as an "eyesore."

•   An impressive shortlist to design London's Met Police HQ (in our humble opinion, the designs don't impress).

•   Kamin considers Pelli Clarke Pelli's design for DePaul University's arena a good beginning with "several good strokes," but it still needs work.

•   Saffron, on the other hand, can't say enough about Weiss/Manfredi's "dazzling new" Singh Center for Nanotechnology for the University of Pennsylvania.

•   Chaban delves into SHoP's 32-story B2 at Atlantic Yards that will be the world's largest modular building, and "could well remake the entire housing industry, saving both time and money for developers and tenants."

•   Litt x 2 with two thumbs-up for Westlake Reed Leskosky: a "neat, crisp, quietly confident" apartment complex in Cleveland will "set a fresh new tone for a highly visible, long-blighted zone" + The firm winning the job to master plan the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts proves "that no one needs to feel sorry for Cleveland architects."

•   Hawthorne x 2 (3 actually): Q&A with DS+R's Diller re: working with Eli Broad, other art-museum projects, and the fate of the American Folk Art Museum: "We don't see [demolition] as a fait accompli."

•   On Disney Hall's 10th anniversary, he hails it - and Gehry - for hitting all the right notes; its "shimmering, canny gregariousness" is a "remarkable work of public architecture" + Q&A with Gehry by Hawthorne and Swed: the master reminisces about the hall's "fraught, 15-year creation": "I was told by the Disney family that no matter what I did I wouldn't get the project."

•   A rather amusing encounter with Hadid as she punch-lists the soon-to-open Serpentine Sackler gallery: "fans consider her a bloody-minded genius, her detractors a showboating starchitect" ("I don't make nice little buildings").

•   An amusing conversation with Tigerman re: his surprise at - and appreciation of - receiving a lifetime achievement award from AIA Chicago: "I'm sure it wasn't easy for them. To swallow hard and say, 'OK, let's give this son of a bitch a lifetime achievement award.' That doesn't mean I'm going to stop challenging them, for sure."

•   Art historian Grigor pens an eloquent tribute to Iranian-born, California-based architect and artist Voskanian: "Not one but two nations ought to mourn" (some amazing buildings we've never seen!).

•   Moore is a bit mystified by the Lisbon Architecture Triennale: it's "a valiant attempt to realize good intentions - without really succeeding" (add to that, it's "hard to know what to look at").

•   Call for entries: 2014 SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design.



  


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