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Today’s News - Monday, November 17, 2008

•   ArcSpace brings us Hadid in Tokyo, and H&deM in Manhattan.

•   Glancey looks at what the recession means for the profession and once-booming cityscapes (the good news: no more "frumpitecture").

•   Rawsthorn says "Design-Art" R.I.P. - it could be a boom time for design to tackle social problems instead of "expensive, uncomfortable furniture."

•   Is the economic downturn good for architectural creativity? Yes, says Coates; no, says Sidor.

•   Rocky Mountain Institute's principal architect tackles the recession: with existing buildings, "We are sitting on a virtual oilfield."

•   Hume: "Toronto's excited about the skyline again" (not just because of the AGO).

•   Ouroussoff gives two thumbs-up's to Gehry's AGO and the master's "ability to balance exuberance with delicious moments of restraint" (great pix, too).

•   The unflashy Gehry that "may be small in scale but serves a grand purpose": Maggie's Centre in Scotland.

•   Gunts offers an eyeful of starchitects' proposals for University of Baltimore's new law building (winner to be announced later today).

•   Kamin on how the Art Institute of Chicago and Piano are resolving a tug-of-war between the art and grand vistas.

•   Rochon raves about a streetcar shed transformed into a temple for art and an artists' eco-haven.

•   Libeskind tapped to design new synagogue for Munich; rabbi's mandate: "We are not just looking for a prestige object...Good acoustics and accessibility are more important than fancy shapes."

•   Gehl to New York: you're doing better (but lose more cars).

•   Another grand plan for the South Boston waterfront: an instant urban village.

•   Architects take on big-box reuse challenge (our fave: "Turn it upside down and make it a litter box for a 10-story-tall intergalactic pussycat" - pix to prove it).

•   An in-depth look at the HOK/Biomimicry Guild alliance.

•   Call for Entries: 2009 North American Copper in Architecture Awards.

•   Winners, big and small: Hearst Tower wins International Highrise Award 2008; and NYC's CityRacks Design Competition winners: elegant, yet sturdy (they better be!).



  


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