Snøhetta Does Dallas: Dallas adds another entry to its growing collection of architectural gems with the College Park Pavilion. Designed by Snøhetta with the local firm Architexas, the pavilion cost just $305,000 to build and will last for decades. Mark Lamster hits all the right notes in his writeup on the pavilion, explaining the neighborhood context as well as the background behind the program. The Webb Chapel Park Pavilion, a Cooper Joseph Studio project and another example of the 25 pavilions being raised in Dallas won a 2012 Annual Design Review award. Dallas is one city that's doing public art right by commissioning public architecture.

Scaling Up: Although he would eventually become vice president of the company, George Kordaris got his start at Knoll fixing chairs. From there, he would go on to high-level positions at Vitra, Herman Miller, and Humanscale—where he served as president for more than eight years. Now back with Humanscale as the company's new global director of research and design, along the way Kodaris was named a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts—an honor for which he was nominated by the legendary Humanscale designer Niels Diffrient.

More News:

"So you know nothing about architecture? You are not going to call me a [expletive] 'starchitect’? I hate that." Real talk from Frank Gehry. [Financial Times]

A Kickstarter project is raising money to prototype an emergency shelter built from plastic bottles. [Gizmodo]

An exhibit at the Boston Architectural College examines the work of landscape architect Dan Kiley. [The New York Times]

Zaha Hadid responds to the criticism of her Al Wakrah Stadium. [TIME]

Architect Luigi Prina creates “Leonardo da Vinci-esque” flying model boats. [The Huffington Post]

Bing Thom wins the $50,000 Margolese National Design for Living Prize. [The Vancouver Sun]

An Australian family earned a world record for their Christmas light display, which used over half a million LEDs. [NPR]

Architecture critic Rowan Moore says the downfalls of Miami’s economic resurgence is the city’s affinity for “star architects” and “trophy buildings.” [The Guardian]

The Society of Architectural Historians awarded its prestigious H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship to Amber Wiley, a visiting professor at Tulane School of Architecture. Wiley received $50,000 for one year of travel to visit architectural and cultural sites around the world. [PR Web]

For more news and views,sign up for the ARCHITECT Newswire, the best daily newsletter on architecture and architects.