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Today’s News - Tuesday, June 15, 2010

•   Planners in China are urged to stop building look-alike cities.

•   The down economy has "masterpieces" on hold and the potential to lose a generation of architects.

•   Hume fumes about "the architecture of paranoia" as Toronto prepares for the G20 gathering of world leaders: "one can't help but wonder if the point of all this effort and expenditure is to keep them in or us out."

•   In the U.K.: Grimshaw is aglow about the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition, and grumbles about Prince Charles's interference in public planning.

•   Dyckhoff on Nouvel's Serpentine pavilion: it "demonstrates the best and the worst of his ideas...It's very plastic and very, very red" (and what makes the architect so "endearing").

•   Moore marvels at Caruso St John's new café in Chiswick House Gardens: it's a "whitish, squarish, nice stone building" that is "simplified classical, but with nuances and twists"; and a Japanese master "celebrating altogether humbler dwellings" at the V&A.

•   Space Needle owners make second try for approval of a Chihuly museum for Seattle Center - this time to include an "art playground" (but critics still abound).

•   Starck expounds on his new Alhondiga building in Bilbao as a place to "work, play, love, hate, and have a kiss" - and why he's proud to call himself "a modern autist."

•   Kamin minces no words when it comes to the new Toyota sign at Wrigley Field and why it's "a wart on the face of baseball's grand dame."

•   Dunlop x 2: a small Lapidus exhibition is "a jumping-off point for reflection on how far Miami has come in a half century or so" + two new Miami Beach parks by Jungles and West 8 "show us the enormous potential of landscape architecture to make our cities civilized and pleasurable."

•   King cheers empty city lots being transformed from blight to bounty - an experiment in "a sort of ad hoc urbanity" (fava beans included).

•   The first phase of Kapoor's giant "butterfly net" in Teesside nets high praise (pix included).

•   NYC's Governors Island now sports a pavilion with a green roof turned inside-out.

•   Q+A with Rios Clementi Hale re: how they build vertical, horizontal, and material, and how it helps in a downturn: "You can float along, but you still should know where the waves are."

•   National Trust for Historic Preservation names Meeks as Moe's replacement.

•   Call for entries: EOI for ARC, International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition; Living City Design Competition to transform an existing city anywhere in the world.


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