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Today’s News - Monday, March 29, 2010

•   SANAA snags the Pritzker! (details follow)

•   ArcSpace brings us an eyeful of Nouvel's "desert rose" in Qatar.

•   We're much saddened by the passing of Paul Devrouax, who "led the way for black firms" (saddened also for lack of coverage).

•   Back to the Pritzker: Weinstein offers "celebratory meditations" on SANAA winning the prize.

•   Russell praises their "brainy, boxy designs" - with a caveat: the jury's "narrow aesthetic" is "sending a message that architecture is mostly an aesthetic refuge. That's a disservice."

•   Hawthorne cheers the choice: it "may exorcise some old ghosts" and acknowledges "the often collaborative nature of architectural practice."

•   Kamin offers up a smorgasbord of coverage (including a brief but amusing Q&A via e-mail).

•   Still in star mode: Moore on H&deM's Miami Beach parking garage: "It is austerely playful, or deadpan theatrical... If Miami is a flamingo city, this tends more in the pterodactyl direction" (that's a good thing).

•   Nouvel's modern take on traditional architecture deserves recognition for its role in shaping our urban landscapes (and by no means is he "past his creative prime").

•   Ricky Burdett offers an eloquent tribute to Bruce Graham who "reinvented the role of the architect."

•   UN-Habitat's new "State of the World Cities" report released at the World Urban Forum in Rio.

•   U.S. EPA study says "smart growth" is taking root in U.S. cities, marking a "fundamental shift" in the real estate market (even ahead of the Obama administration's push for denser development).

•   A researcher data-crunches and theorizes about what defines a great city (it all boils down to four "C"s).

•   L.A. leads the country in Energy Star-rated buildings.

•   That might - or might not - mean all that much as an audit finds some serious flaws in the Energy Star program.

•   McDonald on the "Armageddon" for architects in Ireland: the collapse of Murray Ó Laoire last week "shows how bleak the outlook is for many professionals in the construction sector."

•   On a lighter note: Groves cheers USC getting the archives of Edward H. Fickett, an "unsung hero" of architecture.

•   Spielberg takes on Ground Zero, a documentary conceived by Brooklyn-based architect that "will largely celebrate architectural and engineering accomplishments at the site" and "won't dwell on the infamous delays."

•   Winners all: eyefuls of the HB:BX - High Bridge: Bronx, Building Cultural Infrastructure international ideas competition winners; and the 2010 Re-Skinning Award winners (plus why the winning "glowing cocoon" for a Sydney university tower won't be built).


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