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Today’s News - Tuesday, November 8, 2016


•   Eyefuls of the six shortlisted Illuminated River visions to transform 17 London bridges after dark (great presentation).

•   Merrick finds the Illuminated River proposals "a distinctly mixed-bag" of the "flashy, architecturally considerate and visually poetic" (Adjaye has "gone for the Wow Factor home-run," commanding "the art-bling high ground").

•   Wainwright x 2: the Illuminated River finalists "have jumped at the opportunity to entertain with a ritzy night-time display, rather than quietly shed light on what is already there" (doesn't "Armageddon show" sound appealing).

•   He ventures "inside the great glass galleon" that is H&deM's Elbphilharmonie: very late and way over-budget ("€300 loo brushes" included), "it is thankfully every bit as spectacular as its architects promised - an ocean liner of architectural virtuosity" + 10 other massively delayed mega-projects.

•   Moore: ponders Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, a "dazzling, costly castle in the air" that "will become so loved, its birth pains will be forgotten and forgiven," though, "at times you want the exceptionally exceptional exceptionalness to ease up, so you can appreciate just how exceptional it is."

•   Richard Rogers guest-edits: "we need to change how we think and talk about public space - we should be talking the language of rights."

•   Minutillo thinks Allied Works' National Music Centre of Canada in Calgary really "sings" in a "spectacular" way with "a rare quality that goes beyond any classical or parametric architectural reference."

•   Eyefuls of Hadid's stadium for British "soccer minnows Forest Green Rovers - it's fitting that a team who was the world's first all-vegan soccer club and has the word 'Forest' in their name should play in a stadium made entirely of wood."

•   Gunts reports on the loss of yet another Brutalist icon in Baltimore: "The way the project has been handled has drawn criticism from members of the arts and design community" for many reasons.

•   Saffron cheers MoMA and UPenn giving Venturi's "Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture" its due with a free three-day symposium in NYC and Philly: it "upset the modernist apple cart" as much as Jacobs' "Death and Life," but never garnered the same hoopla.

•   Hall Kaplan attends the Architecture Lobby's "think-in" at UCLA that focused on controversial issues sure to raise some hackles: "in the world of development, populated by bureaucrats, bankers, builders and lawyers, whither architects? What value do they have, and how do they share it, if at all."

•   Winners all: 2016 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize goes to the team behind the preservation and rehabilitation of the Justus van Effen complex in Rotterdam.

•   Gensler's Shanghai Tower Named CTBUH's 2016 Best Tall Building Worldwide.

•   BIG's consolation prize: its VIA 57 West won DAM's 2016 International Highrise Award.

•   The Australian Institute of Architects honors 40 projects across 14 categories with 2016 National Architecture Awards.

•   SAH honors Driehaus, Herda, and Landon with 2016 Awards of Architectural Excellence.

•   Call for entries: CNU 2017 Charter Awards + Proposals for Arch League/Socrates Sculpture Park's Folly/Function 2017 + Proposals for the Society of Architectural Historians 2018 Annual International Conference.



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