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Today’s News - Friday, December 19, 2008

•   Dubai's latest excesses are enough to make conservationists weep.

•   Litt on the shaky "architectural marriage" at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

•   China still the destination for architects looking for large-scale work.

•   Kamin handicaps the just-announced shortlist for Eisenhower Memorial.

•   Mies van der Rohe Award 2009: 340(!) projects compete.

•   OMA's plan to revamp of the Commonwealth Institute dismays conservation groups.

•   Brussat calls for a revival of Rhode Island's historical-preservation tax credits to save architectural gems from becoming "icons of deterioration, demolition and, most likely, uglification."

•   Four-wheeled gas guzzlers rule: they "bloom like viruses in our public spaces and they attach themselves like barnacles to our expressways, streets and laneways."

•   Woodman - and 18 other notable names - chime in with their Year in Review: "We might have had a bleak end to 2008, but it was actually a good year for splendid buildings."

•   Weekend diversions: 1970s "Ecotopia" speaks "to our ecological present."

•   An eyeful of Hodgetts' 1978 drawings for the Hollywood version that never made it to the silver screen (wow!).

•   King on Huxtable's "On Architecture": "she never loses sight of architecture's uniquely high stakes...the backdrop is the real-world implications of what takes shape."

•   "Le Corbusier: A Life" paints a "detailed and often disturbingly inhuman portrait of the man."

•   Rykwert makes a "graceful contribution" to his life's work, and a "history of how some have resisted the loss of our common ground with artists."

•   A tome on Deborah Berke's work "demonstrates admirably" that she is "is among the best American architects practicing today."

•   WSJ round-up of books well worth a read: Pei, Gabellini Sheppard, skyscrapers, and cars included.

•   Tabanlioglu Architects on view in London shows "Turkey has more to offer than domes and amphitheatres."

•   "The Prisoner's Dilemma" is a must-see at Miami's CIFO (the building is worth the trip, too).

•   "Lost Landscapes of San Francisco" investigates "how "models of the past inform models of the future."

•   Mixed results in sale of Empire State Building archive, and concerns institutional collectors "who fear it will encourage designers to break up drawing sets rather than donate them as intact archives."

•   How could we resist: a 20-minute shopping spree with Philippe Starck on the loose in a Big Lots.


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