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Today’s News - Monday, October 7, 2013

•   ArcSpace revisits OMA's 1997 Educatorium in Utrecht, Perrault's 2010 Fukoku Tower in Osaka, and Alsop "also known as British architecture's enfant terrible."

•   Flint visits Nantes, "the French city that's trying to distinguish itself by practically banning cars."

•   Friedberg's Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis is saved from the wrecking ball (but not without a battle).

•   Moore doesn't share the "outrage" in an "unholy row" brewing over a "well-made, well-considered" nursery school next to Hawksmoor's Christ Church, Spitalfields: "There are greater outrages against the fabric of British cities with which to do battle."

•   The Chinese multimillionaire who wants to rebuild Paxton's Crystal Palace as a "culture-led exhibition space" (hotel and conference facilities included) is "motivated by passion rather than greed."

•   Anderton analyzes her "animated, fascinating, and candid" discussion with Gehry, Broad, Hawthorne, and others re: the new vision for Grand Avenue's "Parcel Q" (+ audio of the conversation).

•   Hopes are high that the University of Tasmania, Australia's new student hub will be "a city heart starter for Hobart."

•   Chances are "slim" (more likely none) that Foster will return to the Pushkin Museum project in Moscow.

•   Kamin x 2: he is none too pleased with the prospect of digital billboards sticking Chicago "with a supersize swatch of ugliness. The big conflict here is the public purse versus the public realm, and it's national in scope."

•   He's much more positive about SOM's design for a new Chicago Public Library branch that will have "a civic presence that its cookie-cutter counterparts conspicuously lack" (if the value engineers keep their paws off).

•   Sandy-ravaged Far Rockaway will soon have a light-filled library by Snøhetta "to lift civic spirits."

•   Chaban reports on Pitt's Make It Right Foundation heading to the Rockaways to build storm-sturdy houses for $50,000.

•   McAllister minces now words about her adventures trying to grok architectural exhibitions in Auckland: "Their shows look pretty," but "no labels, no explanations. Is this manufactured mystique?"

•   Menking and Pearson report from the Monterey Design Conference that is "trying to re-brand itself the "MDC" in hopes of encouraging the general public to attend"; it was "elegant and exuberant."

•   Winners (and almost winners) all: Auckland Art Gallery named WAF's World Building of the Year.

•   Two winning designs in the 2013 Global Architecture Graduate Awards (a.k.a. GAGAs) are from Chile and Auckland.

•   Lubell brings us eyefuls of this year's Solar Decathlon going So. Cal. in the Orange County Great Park: "you can see the results if you're willing to trek to Irvine."

•   Eyefuls (but no names) of the finalists in the ONE Prize: Stormproof competition.

•   One we couldn't resist: 11 "ingenious" bookshelves: "from the quotidian to the completely outlandish."


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