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Today’s News - Thursday, September 26, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to technical difficulties we were unable to post yesterday (stuff happens).

•   Mackenzie takes a long look at how some (mostly young) Australian architects are "abandoning the myths of the hero architect to adopt a more democratic and collaborative design process."

•   Heathcote has an interesting take on the spate of technology giants' current quest for over-the-top groundscraper HQs: could there be a correlation to the skyscraper index, "one of the great irreverent economic indicators," that is said to portend "the imminence of financial crisis"?

•   A detailed laundry list of Calatrava projects that have left "some clients fuming": "He was paid even when repairing his own mistakes" (+ link to Bernstein's Calatrava Q&A).

•   Merrick finds merit in Hadid's Serpentine Sackler Gallery: it is a "modern classic" that "shows how to update but not upstage a revered building. There is certainly nothing grand or blingtastic" about it ("blingtastic" definitely gets added to our lexicon!).

•   Wainwright, on the other hand, finds it to be a "wedding marquee battling a stiff breeze" that "looms clumsily over a beautifully restored Georgian building. It is not quite clear what function all this overwrought writhing serves."

•   On a brighter note, he does find JW3, London's latest cultural center, "the kind of ambitious hybrid offspring that might be produced if an academy school had a lovechild with the Barbican" ("once you get past the fortifications").

•   Bernstein adds Foster to a roster of high-profile condo buildings rising in NYC, where "the focus seems to be on lifestyle more than architecture" for buyers who "apparently believe that only more is more."

•   Quigley spotlights some of his favorite spaces at the just-about-to-open, dome-topped San Diego Central Library: "Look at the history of architecture and it's always one of joy. I was very conscious about getting the joy back in."

•   Twelve Architects (the firm) lands the £600 million Russian airport (river included) that will welcome fans to the 2018 World Cup.

•   AIA's just-released "Cities as a Lab : Designing the Innovation Economy" report "demonstrates how design can foster innovative approaches to American cities' changing needs" + It joins the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge as its newest partner.

•   Wigley steps down as dean of Columbia University GSAPP.

•   Esperdy eloquently explains the evolution of the SAH Archipedia, an ever-expanding online encyclopedia of American architecture, and "explores the critical challenge of creating structural and descriptive metadata for the new resource."

•   Eyefuls of the winners of the 10th Annual Emirates Glass LEAF Awards 2013 + 54Jeff Ideas Competition to repurpose the long-shuttered Grand Rapids Public Museum.

•   10 reasons why you should attend the 2013 World Architecture Festival in Singapore next week (besides schmoozing).

•   Some great shots of Park(ing) Day 2013: "There were goats, for goodness sake."

•   Call for entries: International 2-stage open competition for OAO Hotel Ukraina entryway in Moscow.


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