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Today’s News - Wednesday, November 26, 2008

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're taking a Thanksgiving Day break, and will return Monday, December 1.

•   Outcries continue as New Orleans moves ahead with hospital plans; question: why here "when so much of the city lies empty and unused?" (answer: it's too bad, but it's "just the reality of life" - bah humbug, we say).

•   If Boston allows a gem to be demolished, at least replace it with something other than banal corporate glass and stone.

•   In Melbourne, the financial crisis could actually herald a "golden era" for architecture (along with some tough times).

•   Greer takes on Homes for the Future: zero carbon? Maybe. gracious? No. "Wow factor"? Hardly. - It took us a while, but we found an eyeful of the shortlisted - you decide.

•   Woodman is wowed by Pei's Museum of Islamic Art: "the handsome building offers a clear rebuke to flamboyant architecture elsewhere in the Gulf."

•   Rose on five new arts venues in the East Midlands, U.K.: too many, the beginning of a golden age?

•   Noah's Ark at L.A.'s Skirball is a hit on many levels.

•   Stern's Harvard Law project: "Getting it built may require the vision of a lawyer."

•   Q&A with NOMA's Lewis re: his plans for reversing the low number of minority architects.

•   An eyeful of Rockwell's Nobu in Dubai.

•   Lots of diversions for the long holiday weekend: NYC's Center for Architecture: "it's hard to believe a resource like this exists without everyone in the city knowing about it."

•   Road trip! Kentucky and Ohio have a wealth of architectural treasures to explore.

•   Gehry, the artist, on view at Princeton.

•   Rawsthorn on Ron Arad retrospective at the Centre Pompidou: "purists may sneer at his showmanship, but collectors love it."

•   Pearman highly recommends a visit to "England's seaside favela" and it's newest "enigmatic object."

•   Page turners: Glazer's latest is the "story of modern architecture's willingness to subjugate people to its utopian fantasies" (Atlantic Yards, for example).

•   Saving Modernist landscapes, in pictures at least.

•   Paul picks "a handful of small-but-beautiful books...mostly about reading, rather than looking."

•   King crowns his holiday list.

•   PLANetizen's Top 10 Books in the planning field.

•   Best Real Estate Books of the Year include a lot about architecture and planning.

•   We couldn't resist: an eyeful of a £250,000 doghouse (we kid you not).


•  - Happy Thanksgiving!


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