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Today’s News - Thursday, November 21, 2013

•   Pearman parses Caruso St. John's Tate Britain, and is particularly taken by the new spiral stair: it "is a building in itself. It is pure architecture" - though he doesn't know if he likes it yet, overall the architects "have added subtlety with a touch of cool jazz."

•   Medina sails through Hadid's "curvy new gem" on the Caspian Sea where "lithe, sinuous walls swoosh like a flying carpet" - had any other starchitect or large firm designed the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, "it's doubtful they could have produced something with this much verve" (fab photos!).

•   Meanwhile, her 2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar "was to look like the sails of a dhow boat ... right. The Internet laughed. And laughed. And is still laughing" (with links to the gaggle of giggles).

•   Asymptote's riverside médiathèque is "a stunning silver-skinned ovaloid that seems to rise out of the semi-rural South Korean landscape" (great pix!).

•   Stephens cheers Phifer's first foray at Clemson University that is a light-filled "machine for learning" (and oh-so green).

•   Eyefuls of BIG's big win in Montpellier, France: the Museum of the Human Body, where the "pavilions will weave together like individual fingers united together in a mutual grip."

•   London's Natural History Museum Civic Realm Competition lines up an impressive shortlist of teams (including BIG).

•   O'Sullivan explains why the Wolfson Economics Prize is the U.K.'s "misguided attempt to bring back the 'Garden City'" that "sounds like a recipe for yet more sprawl" - Sweden offers better examples.

•   Ireland, meanwhile, is bulldozing 40 of "some 1,300 damp, rotting unfinished housing developments."

•   Youngerman offers an in-depth look at the environmental and economic benefits of daylighting long-buried urban rivers, from Provincetown to New York, "part of a late-20th century urban development trend."

•   LEED v4 is (finally) launching this week. Was the wait worth it?

•   Burkeman and Schwartz offer their takes on a new study that that shows "open-plan offices were devised by Satan in the deepest caverns of hell."

•   Four (very cool) architectural innovations make Time magazine's Top 25 Inventions for 2013.

•   Harvard GSD's African American Student Union explains why they invited Kanye West to speak.

•   One we couldn't resist: the second "I am an architect" rap battle video, "mashing up architects and contractors in an epic throw-down."

•   Call for entries: 2014 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition (cash and trips to Italy as prizes).



  


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