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Today’s News - Friday, October 8, 2010

•   The controversial Stuttgart 21 mega-development now has a mediator, but newspaper commentators don't think he'll find much success.

•   Goldhagen digs deep into cities that have "rediscovered the big urban park": some get it right; Boston missed the mark (great read!).

•   London's Olympic Park makes a design U-turn to avoid "a forest of 'bland'" buildings.

•   Saffron bemoans plans for Philly's granary that "harvests a bounty of bland design: Why does it have to end up this way, with ambitious design sacrificed for the sake of good urbanism?"

•   An eyeful of Foster's solar-powered stadium for Qatar's bid for 2022 World Cup.

•   Merrick cheers Chipperfield's RIBA Gold Medal win: "one of UK architecture's most neglected sons...has been a hero to young British architects of the 'anti-bling' persuasion."

•   U.S. Architect of the Capitol finds himself under fire for more than 6,300 safety violations on the Capitol campus.

•   Call for entries: The 21st Century Classroom.

•   We couldn't resist (and hope to see these in action!): public buses sprouting green roofs.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   In NYC, the first annual New York Architecture & Design Film Festival: "an extraordinary line-up of films (warning: you'll want to see all 40)" + Tomorrow night only: the façade of Gehry's IAC will sport "mind-blowing outdoor video show."

•   "Building for Brussels: Architecture and urban transformation in Europe" looks at some outstanding European projects and considers their relevance to the city.

•   Lisbon Architecture Triennale will talk about houses.

•   "Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie" at the National Gallery of Canada explains why he's a national treasure (excellent article & great pix) + the show is "an unprecedented exploration of the architect's work and philosophy."

•   "Bruce Goff: A Creative Mind" celebrates Oklahoma's native son and what made his mind tick.

•   Zeiger delves into "Street Value: Shopping, Planning and Politics at Fulton Mall" - "a cautionary tale."

•   Lubell leafs through "A5 Los Angeles: Architecture, Interiors, Lifestyle" - "a contemporary architecture 'greatest hits' for a city that definitely deserves one" (and not a lot of the usual suspects).


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