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Today’s News - Friday, March 4, 2011

•   Christchurch surveys its downtown after the quake: "up to two-thirds of the district may need to be demolished before rebuilding can even begin."

•   A much brighter day for Foster with a really big win: the West Kowloon Cultural District; the other two finalists "may also be integrated into the final design" (though not all are pleased: "They've gone for the safest solution") + flythrough of his high-speed railway station at Jeddah.

•   Glancey finds the V&A extension shortlist exhibits "a lively intelligence," but hopes the final design doesn't end up "too polite."

•   Merrick, on the other hand, thinks they all (with one exception) play it safe by being "quiet, stylish, and verging on the wahey" (wahey? a new one to us).

•   Iovine reports on efforts to save Goldberg's 1975 Prentice Women's Hospital tower from demolition: "hope is cautiously alive that the building can be saved."

•   Preservationists in St. Petersburg, Russia, in a mad dash to save a 1790 mansion in the heart of the city from being replaced by a hotel tower (the mansion would make a great music museum or even boutique hotel).

•   China reopens its main history museum in Beijing after a 3-year revamp: it's now the largest museum in the world (but skips over a bit of history, it seems).

•   Lasky sits down with Alex Steffen to find out what life is like after Worldchanging changes: "The big open secret about sustainability work is not how bad things are. It is how good things can get."

•   An interesting look at how Corbu and Kahn got their names ("It just doesn't come off the same way when you say, 'Schmuilowsky's Kimball Art Museum'.").

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Dunlop cheers "Inventory 01" on view in the Miami Design District: "the first-ever exhibition to showcase local design talent - and prove that it exists."

•   In Palm Beach, "The Extraordinary Joseph Urban" details the extraordinary breadth of his architecture, illustrations, furniture, and set design.

•   In Toronto, "Villanueva: An Extraordinary Alien" presents a major project in Caracas "designed by the most influential Venezuelan architect of the 20th century."

•   Lubell offers a luscious eyeful of prize pieces from the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, about to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

•   Calys cheers "The Power of Pro Bono" in which he "rediscovers some sense of the idealism that was the reason so many of us chose to be architects in the first place."

•   "Success by Design" by Jenn Kennedy "offers great insight for starting a firm, provides inspiration to persevere during difficult times, and truly allows the personalities of the architects to shine through."

•   Hawthorne revisits McWilliams's 1946 "Southern California: An Island on the Land" that is "easily the most significant volume ever published on L.A.'s civic and urban character" (and "exceptionalism").

•   "Morris Lapidus: The Architecture of Joy" is "strikingly" illustrated and ready to charm a new generation.


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