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Today’s News - Monday, June 13, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us a luscious eyeful of Hadid's Riverside Museum in Glasgow (the aerials are amazing!).

•   Moore has all good things to say about the transport museum, but it "would have been better still as part of a coherent Clyde regeneration plan."

•   Another "swarm" of earthquakes strikes Christchurch; undoubtedly more buildings will have to come down (luckily, no loss of life this time - so far, anyway).

•   Rochon rallies around Ai Weiwei with one of the most thoughtful, eloquent tributes and call for action that we've read so far ("Chinese planning visionaries were as enlightened as any hip museum director. Ai was their ace to play on the world stage.") - Your must-read for the day!

•   Glancey x 2: his week in review looks at Kolkata/Calcutta eyeing its own London Eye, Chinese architects to transform a Covent Garden law court, and more.

•   His take on the new "flatpack" Olympic basketball arena: it "might look flamboyant," but it "could democratize the Games" - it can be deconstructed and reused elsewhere (like cash-poor cities), with "the added bonus of promising to keep white elephants well at bay."

•   White on Calgarians identifying with the quadrants they live in: "We are now living in a "what about me" (WAM) society"; he sees Calgary "quickly evolving into five distinct "cities," each with their own economic base, amenities and culture."

•   Gruber takes on Santa Monica's Landmarks Commission that seems to want "to thwart the possibility for great design in a public place because of misplaced reverence for second-rate designs of the past."

• offers a round-up of the back story and different perspectives re: "Atlantic Yards and the Battle for Brooklyn."

•   Meanwhile, NYC's High Line has a message for other cities: "Treat your urban ruins carefully. They may be more valuable than you think."

•   Activists get serious about greening public spaces in Beirut.

•   The challenges to LEED being the "gold standard in green": The real question "isn't which well-intentioned program does what," but "will it happen quickly enough to avert major global issues?"

•   A look at Ingels' "often ingenious solutions to simple problems" and the challenge "to bring innovation 'to the spaces where we live and work'" - not just high-profile cultural projects.

•   Three schools' very cool projects win Cooper-Hewitt/Ford Schools in Community Design Competition + 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge winners have the potential to make winners of us all.

•   Call for entries: 2011 Project Spaces: The Other City: can architects and urban planners influence an equitable and social city?

•   We couldn't resist: Rochon cheers new postage stamps that highlight the "muscular details of some of Canada's most monumental works of Art Deco architecture" that "transformed water filtration plants and bridges into civic works of art."


Institute of Urban Design Design Competition

Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture

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