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Today’s News - Wednesday, June 5, 2013

•   An Istanbul-based designer explains why Gezi Park became the center of a movement, and why "this moment is particularly important for members of the design community."

•   Lots of news from the other side of the Big Pond: Yesterday, we all thought Holl's Maggie's Centre was a go - but not so fast: the planning committee voted thumbs-down, so it's back to the drawing board to resolve the issues.

•   Heathcote hails Fujimoto's Serpentine Pavilion as "a building that is ineffably light and seductively complex, perhaps the most exquisite this site has seen."

•   Murray muses that the pavilion is "a lovely thing, like a visual expression of the seemingly counterintuitive fact that molecules combine to make air" (too bad about those pesky balustrades).

•   Wainwright sees the Serpentine as "a 3D garden trellis on steroids" and "one of the most radical pavilions to date" - except for those balustrades (great video).

•   He gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Hopkins' Brent Civic Centre: "If public buildings reflect the mores of their time," then this "functional civic machine will always stand as a fitting monument to our corporate times" (with a boiler that runs on fish oil, to boot).

•   Australian architects cry foul over plans for a bridge over the Hawkesbury River in Windsor, claiming the scheme would have adverse impacts on one of Australia's oldest urban spaces.

•   Russell bristles at a "ghastly" design to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge that would be "one of the ugliest bridges in America," and the "hopeless rail plan" for Penn Station - both "leave New York cheated."

•   Litt is cheered by a historic city-county agreement - the "next wave of downtown projects is a big step for Cleveland's public realm."

•   Hume hails Gehry's latest plan to remake Toronto's King St.: it's the "best yet. This time the height and heritage cards are trumped by the possibility of gaining a major architectural landmark."

•   NYC's next Gehry will be Facebook's new HQ in Silicon Alley: "Although renderings are not yet available, we can expect classy new digs for the social media monolith."

•   LMN's new Museum of History and Industry in Seattle in a decommissioned WPA-era naval reserve "respects the nautical influences of the Art Moderne building."

•   An eyeful of Chipperfield's St. Louis Art Museum addition, ready for its close-up: the "modest design is marked by deference to an illustrious past, both architectural and symbolic, but it is clearly a building of its time."

•   An eyeful of BIG's LEGO House: "It's going to be looking at LEGO® from all its different aspect - as an art form, its cultural impact."

•   Dunlap reports on a most memorable memorial to Ada Louise Huxtable: "A steady procession of mourners all but traced the history of modern American architecture" (we were a "coalition of the disobedient").

•   Berkemeier to be the Australian Institute of Architects' new National President.

•   A long list of winners of the 2013 Scottish Design Awards.

•   Two we couldn't resist: Grabar gapes at what an Irish town is doing to prepare for the G8 gathering: "So that the eyes of presidents and prime ministers aren't burdened with scenes of pesky blight and unemployment, the country is spending £2 million to make abandoned storefronts look like real live businesses" (with pix to prove it).

•   Plans are floated to transform an Osaka canal into a swimming pool: "getting roaring drunk and jumping, or falling, into Dotonbori Canal will be less risky, health-wise, but it will no longer be free."


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