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Today’s News - Thursday, September 15, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us an eyeful of the exhibition "Living" at the Louisiana Museum in Denmark.

•   Rybczynski wonders "what future generations will make of our architectural legacy" of blast-proof buildings.

•   Bevan finds the 9/11 Memorial is "no Coventry Cathedral, no Hiroshima A-bomb Dome" (NYC's Irish Hunger Memorial does a better job of memorializing).

•   Steinbrueck says "high-towered, dense city living is only a small part of the solution, which is to develop 'ecological urbanisms.'"

•   Birnbaum finds "some serious va-va-voom" happening in Philadelphia's parks and open spaces that other city stewards should watch.

•   Paul calls Safdie's Kauffman Center in Kansas City "an architectural a place whose edges are increasingly enlivened by sports palaces, it's comforting to feel that the heart of the city belongs to art."

•   Cantrell offers a caveat re: the Kauffman Center and the "veritable explosion" in building and renewing cultural facilities: they may bring "bragging points for architectural firms," but they "aren't always an unqualified success."

•   Glancey x 2: is the "gigantic" Westfield Stratford City "uplifting or a vision of hell?" (it is certainly a "hermetic citadel of commercial seduction").

•   His week in architecture review includes best-laid plans waylaid for Levete's News Corp beauty in Wapping and Rogers's "WTC tower teeters."

•   Hess is none too heartened by Apple's "impressive but enigmatic" Cupertino HQ: "If we're seeing the rest of the 21st century more clearly in this project, the view is not entirely encouraging."

•   The Royal Alberta Museum picks a not-so-"wow" winner: "Perhaps we've opted for Birkenstocks over Manolo Blahniks. But sometimes, sensible shoes can carry you a lot farther than the fanciest high heels."

•   Winnipeg gets a "rock star architect" (a.k.a. Gehry) to design warming hut for the Assiniboine Riverwalk.

•   An eyeful of shortlisted designs that could be Britain's "new generation of electricity pylons."

•   2011 Middle East Architect Awards announced.

•   Australia names directors for its 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale pavilion.

•   The Solar Decathlon is a "Sputnik moment" for 20 college teams whose designs prove they are "not just sci-fi dilettantes."

•   Q&A with Guiney re: all the cool goings-on's during IfUD's Urban Design Week (it launches today).

•   New to the web: hopes to answer the question: What Is Landscape Urbanism? + Public Architecture launches The Public Dialogue.


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