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Today’s News - Thursday, December 11, 2008

•   University of New Hampshire's new science complex uses traditional materials to create a contemporary building.

•   LEED 2009 approved; revised certification system 'reweights' certain credits, rewards design innovation.

•   Brussat weighs in on the Duany vs. British architects brouhaha.

•   Hume hails a preservation project transforming an abandoned 19th-century industrial site into the "green heart of the sustainable city."

•   AIA HQ re-do is "an example of renovating in sustainable ways."

•   Cranes on New Haven's skyline indicate developments continue despite downturn.

•   Litt basically likes revised Cleveland Institute of Art design: at least it "lessens the odds that it could be perceived as a comical confrontation between the two architecture firms."

•   Calgary bridge controversy continues: "there are more than a few future Calatravas among us who equally deserve a chance to compete."

•   More on Mecca makeover: "Even if Hadid fails to win a commission, the fact that an Arab woman is in the running for such a prestigious project speaks volumes."

•   It's 'disgraceful" that there's opposition to a new parliament building for Malta "designed by one of the leading architects of our time" (Renzo Piano, though not mentioned).

•   A new design for London's controversial Potters Fields site.

•   Van Valkenburgh/Toshiko Mori to design Hudson Yards Boulevard (though it's not official, it seems).

•   Foster's Yale School of Management expansion to be "strikingly modern" (not a hint of James Gamble Rogers c. 1889).

•   Glancey's round-up of 2008 architectural highs (scroll way down).

•   A "super-regenerator" generates a secret government report on how to kickstart the U.K. housing market.

•   Israeli Azrieli designs his legacy dedicated to education.

•   Is RIBA/RIAS collaboration heading for a divorce?

•   Call for entries: Greener Gadgets Design Competition.

•   We couldn't resist: A life-size replica of the Taj Mahal in Bangladesh. - The Indian government is not amused; will "investigate to see if any copyright laws had been breached."


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