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Today’s News - Tuesday, December 9, 2008

•   Kamin looks at how Obama's plans can "raise infrastructure - and the American landscape - to a new level": will they live up to "the standards set in the 1930s and set new ones?"

•   Zandberg's interesting Q&A with Brit Bishop re: intelligent design: London is not "a model for any Israeli city," but "cities can learn from each other" by taking "ideas, not solutions."

•   A look at 30-year history of Beijing architecture "opening up" to the outer world.

•   Jones questions critics who say Gaudí's Sagrada Familia is being "banalized in the name of tourism" (actually, he loves "the emerging result, kitsch and all").

•   Campbell on a historic factory under pressure from the present.

•   Baillieu on the U.K.'s shortsightedness in shelving heritage protection bill.

•   Modernist cottages on Cape Cod saved from the wrecking ball (now all that's needed is the $$$ for preservation).

•   A Hawaiian Island development plans put on hold - to cheers of many.

•   Saffron doesn't mind tall tower plan for Philadelphia - in the right place (and as long as it's not "a fat, hulking copycat").

•   Shortlist for Stonehenge visitors center just got longer.

•   King finds "homegrown architectural innovation" as "architects run wild with Presidio museum ideas."

•   SMC regroups as Archial, and the company's crown renamed Alsop.

•   Whitechapel gallery renovates and expands with hopes of revitalizing a London neighborhood.

•   MVRDV's winning design for a new town near Seoul: a "series of overgrown hill-shaped buildings" (we kid you not).

•   FAT's community building on the outskirts of Rotterdam "distills the essence of suburban dreams."

•   A look at Gehry's new offices.

•   Blum is bemused by architects now consulting with their former adversaries (a.k.a. "marauding skaters") for "a lesson in flow."

•   Gragg has a long conversation about Portland's "fork in the road" in choosing a bridge design: artful or out-of-the-box, the "choice will have huge consequences."

•   Saffron is now hopeful that Philly's South Street Bridge has a shot of being better than originally planned.

•   Jacobs offers an eyeful of must-see green American landmarks.

•   It's an international line-up for IIA convention in Bangalore.


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