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Today’s News - Wednesday, December 17, 2008

•   Weinstein picks an eclectic mix of Best Architecture Books of 2008.

•   Karrie Jacobs wonders what Jane Jacobs would have thought about Dubai and Shanghai: "it's revealing to see what happens in cities where there is no Jane."

•   Extreme makeover for Tysons Corner could be a model to battle sprawl across the country.

•   A case study in how a big-box retailer can make friends with a neighborhood (without crimping sales).

•   Prague scraps "octopus" library design (until the next election?); Kaplický will bide his time: "The library will stand in Letná."

•   Calys on Fisher's new plans for Presidio museum - apparently, they don't include Gluckman.

•   Gehry recommits to his Ohr-O'Keefe museum in Biloxi, which "languished along with his interest in it while the museum dealt with hurricane issues."

•   Berlin's rebuilt Prussian palace will be a blend of baroque and modern (or will it be Disneyland?).

•   Contemporary art gets new home in Mexico City.

•   Another battle brews: preservationists vs. church again, this time in Chicago.

•   Better news for FLW's Unity Temple in Oak Park.

•   Lots of links to reports on how the global economic downturn is affecting architects (AIA just released November's Architecture Billings Index: "drops to all time low"...ooofffaaa).

•   L.A.'s planning czar resigns (let's hope her "Do Real Planning" plans and "Mapping Elegant Density" proposal survive).

•   An ode to California's Sea Ranch and great slide show of its "style forged by A-list architects" (though "impending transformation of the lodge is causing some fear and loathing").

•   Rawsthorn's high hopes for the comeback of London's double-decker bus.

•   Call for entries: Cut&Paste 2009 Digital Design Tournament.

•   The jury for DawnTown 2008 competition to remake a sewage pump house in downtown Miami liked the "orange blob."


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