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Today’s News - Monday, November 10, 2008

•   ArcSpace brings us an eyeful of RPI's stunning new EMPAC.

•   A delightful Q&A with Huxtable (she's fed up with critics treating architecture like "eye candy," and MoMA's new Nouvel tower is the "last destructive nail" on what was once "one of the best streets in New York").

•   How did Italy get so ugly? (hint: urban sprawl and mega-highways).

•   Bristol named Britain's most sustainable city: "It doesn't mean that it's a genuinely sustainable city. It's just faring better across the board than others in the UK."

•   Why town centers are the new catalyst for small cities.

•   Greensburg completes its 5.4.7 Arts Center, the first LEED Platinum in Kansas (now it just has to be paid for).

•   A call for Malaysian architects to take up two neglected areas of architectural study.

•   Campbell pulls out all the stops for Safdie's Springfield federal courthouse: "it breaks all those rules, remarkable, impeccable, a winner, a deferential dance of architecture with nature."

•   Another thumbs-up review of SOM's Cathedral of Light (and great pix).

•   Stern talks about the Bush library: "...we want to make it presidential without making it look as if you're supposed to fall down dead in awe in front of it."

•   Gehry's "wonky towers" King Alfred scheme finally bites the dust.

•   But in Philadelphia, he talks "rectilinear" to "gooey-fooey" design as he picks up another award.

•   Hess recommends Viñoly and KPF go back to their drawing boards for Stanford hospital plans (and please don't demolish the Stone!).

•   Harmon tapped for University of North Carolina Craft Campus - a sustainable complex build on old landfill.

•   Israel picks Haim Dotan for Shanghai Expo 2010 pavilion.

•   A weekend of winners: Egyptian architect takes $200,000 Driehaus Prize. - United States Artists awards $50,000 grants to 5 architects. - Scotland's RIAS Andrew Doolan Award splits £25,000 prize (for the first time). - Emirates Glass Leaf Awards handed out.

•   Call for entries: 2009 IALD International Lighting Design Awards.


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