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Today’s News - Tuesday, December 2, 2014

•   ArcSpace brings us Meyer's take on a Davos hotel, a "shimmering pinecone amidst snow-clad pine trees of the Swiss Alps"; a collaboration the "explores tangible connections between the image and architectonic space"; 7 (stunning) modern religious buildings; and book reviews.

•   Eyefuls of the 6 finalists in the Guggenheim Helsinki Competition (and nary a starchitect - nor a Finn - among 'em).

•   Moore minces no words about what he thinks of the Garden Bridge over the Thames: it "is nothing but a wasteful blight. It is a crowded and overstyled chunk of heavy engineering garnished with urban parsley" (that's just for starters - a real ouch!).

•   Kennicott, meanwhile, cheers the Cooper Hewitt's "artful renovation" that "demonstrates the feasibility of creating a fashionably modern museum within a historic building without undue compromise to either the past or the present."

•   Kucharek checks out Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton: "a rarefied ark for art - its destiny is to be a self-referential piece, only negotiating its relationship to itself and how it should 'look'...beyond its skin it's quite bourgeois."

•   Hess (mostly) hails Ennead's Anderson Collection at Stanford University, "a spacious and informal setting for art."

•   Smee heads to Japan "to find out if Japan's celebrated contemporary architects were merely unusually adept at mastering an international design idiom, or if there was something uniquely Japanese about the way they worked" - especially when it comes to building art museums.

•   Wainwright cheers a small British firm's library and concert hall in Norway that is "both heroic and humble - taking its lessons from the grain of the town rather than landing on the waterfront like an architectural spaceship sent down from planet Regeneration."

•   Kamin gives two thumbs-up's to Beha's remaking of the Chicago Theological Seminary: "One of the finest new works of architecture in Chicago isn't a brand-new, 'look at me' building that teaches valuable lessons about how aged buildings can be creatively reinvented and stitched into the fabric of our lives."

•   Eyefuls of BIG's "two-level urban canyon" for the Battersea Power Station development.

•   Ferro finds out how decrepit piers inspired Heatherwick's vision for NYC's Pier55, "a sort of aquatic High Line on the Hudson River."

•   A fascinating series of interviews with a range of experts re: how NYC is doing with storm-proofing two years after Superstorm Sandy.

•   Kotkin considers the "curious comeback of U.S. downtowns": "Nightlife and streetscapes trump florescent light and cubicles."

•   Koolhaas lets loose on what he thinks of the rhetoric behind "smart cities": "architecture no longer expresses public values but instead the values of the private sector. It is in fact a regime - the ¥€$ regime."

•   Freeman delves deep into what the future of Havana could/may be: "I am willing to hope that the country will profit from the negative example set by so much recent market-centric urban development in other nations...but time is running short."

•   Hawthorne explores why Koreatown "is a thriving, charismatic advertisement for a more intensely urban L.A." and "has helped make old buildings cool again."

•   Australia's Burra Charter has a "pioneering role in preservation" in other parts of the world - except Europe: "Certainly looking at Germany, one reason for this might be the guidelines' emphasis on involvement of the public."

•   Stead and Clark end their three-year research into gender equity in Australian architecture with Parlour Guidelines to Equitable Practice that "provides positive, productive strategies for change."

•   Edelson talks to the 2015 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program finalists to find "what inspires them, what past pavilions they're studying, and what they aim to explore in their forthcoming proposals."

•   Call for entries: Bamiyan Cultural Centre, Afghanistan, open international architectural design competition.


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