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Today’s News - Monday, December 1, 2008

•   The world mourns the loss of Utzon: ArcSpace brings us a thoughtful remembrance by his son, Jan.

•   Farrelly offers an eloquent assessment: "principled, idealistic...he remains a lonely figure in world architecture, a tragic hero, Sydney's Prometheus."

•   Sydney Opera House: a legacy worth the pain.

•   A recession round-up, from bleak AIA billings index to West Coast layoffs to New York firms' strategies for survival.

•   Kennicott examines a complex legacy: "?Gehryesque' may not be so much an aberrational a style that he can now hand off to other people" (and gives a thumbs-up and a thumbs-down to AGO and Princeton project).

•   Saffron savors Venturi's Episcopal Academy chapel: "it may be the most satisfying design his firm has produced locally in years."

•   Berliners split over plans to replace communist-era Palace of the Republic with a new version of a Prussian Palace.

•   Hume on Toronto's penchant for façadectomies: despite drawbacks, "it's a strategy that can work."

•   Top secret(?) plans: Foster and Hadid to redesign Mecca.

•   A video of Hadid's master plan for run-down former port of Zorrozaure in Bilbao.

•   Shanghai breaks ground on what will be the world's tallest building.

•   A call for Muncie, Indiana, to visit Columbus to learn why good design and planning is good business (and how to get it done).

•   Hawthorne adores Palladio, but not some of today's "architectural borrowing" in the wrong hands.

•   Pogrebin's series on landmarking policies in NYC continues: too many loopholes and not enough communication.

•   Meanwhile, after seven years of post-fire restoration, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine is ready for its magnificent close-up.

•   RISD students roll up their sleeves to build housing for the poor in Mexico.

•   NYC's first co-housing project slated for Brooklyn.

•   A city imposes design rules for wireless antennas: they can't all be church steeples.


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