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Today’s News - Monday, December 22, 2008

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Stout's museum in Roanoke, and photographer Konchel's "architectonic: St. Louis."

•   Ouroussoff reviews '08: "It was fun til the money ran out" (and the end of "outsize architectural statements that serve the rich and self-absorbed").

•   Hume calls out Toronto's AGO and Wychwood Art Barns as proof that this was the city's "year of the architectural turnaround."

•   Rawsthorn sees '08 as the "year that substance and sustainability reigned" and "survivalism," not style, was the "cool design aesthetic."

•   Baillieu looks at the new uncertainties facing the new year (it might even make the "government more responsive to its critics").

•   A dramatic makeover of Mecca is not a "Dubai-fication," but "something Muslims should celebrate,"."

•   Hawthorne calls for L.A.'s MOCA to face "some stubborn architectural challenges" before it finalizes any rescue plan.

•   Farrelly flails at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art plans for concrete boxes that are "hollow shells for art": "dump the koala" and "do something wild" (like previous competition-winning designs, perhaps?).

•   Regionalism taking root in green design: "The greenest brick is the one that's already in the wall."

•   Campbell hopes for the best as the fate of Faneuil Hall and the Design Research store step into limbo.

•   Paris is particularly peeved with Qatari plans to alter historic Hôtel Lambert with "the aesthetics of a James Bond villa."

•   The Sydney home where Utzon celebrated winning the Opera House design competition is threatened with demolition.

•   Risen reviews the "banner year for the architect in brown suede shoes" (a.k.a. Robert A.M. Stern).

•   An Indonesian architect finds it ironic - and "a pity that architects and urban planners today are not always able to influence their clients. What is even worse is they don't seem to care about it."

•   An architect who "has helped shepherd architecture into the age of globalization."

•   London, Paris, and Moscow will all miss out on Hadid's Chanel pavilion as world tour is cancelled (easy as a handbag to mothball?).

•   Foster + Partners shares 1st Prize in London's double-decker bus competition.

•   Glancey's "Lost Buildings: Demolished, Destroyed, Imagined, Reborn" is an "enthralling book" with "stimulating opinions that merit serious consideration."

•   Pugh + Scarpa among Interior Design Hall of Famers.


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