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Today’s News - Tuesday, December 23, 2008

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final newsletter for 2008...we're taking a holiday break (along with much of the rest of the world), and will return Monday, January 5, 2009(!). We wish everyone a happy, happy holiday season and (fingers crossed) all good things in the New Year!

•   Dyckhoff visits the "most architecturally radical building built in the centre of Paris since I.M. Pei stuck a glass pyramid in the Louvre," and finds the rest of the city overcoming its "curious suspicion of new architecture."

•   Pogrebin on how museums with edifice complexes are dealing with hard times.

•   A Q&A with the head of Getty's new Department of Architecture and Design: its collection and its future.

•   CO2 levels in new, supposedly green, U.K. schools are putting the kids to sleep.

•   Moore basks in the light of a revamped church near St. Pancras.

•   Hume on how city life is being enhanced, "one landscape project at a time."

•   A new Oregon bridge could sport wind turbines, but not likely to appease environmental groups: "adding turbines doesn't make a 12-lane bridge sustainable" (but it looks cool).

•   BIG's builds a bucolic hillside of apartments the middle of flat Copenhagen.

•   In China, cave dwellers tout their homes as the epitome of an eco-friendly practicality - and a champion trying to persuade authorities to promote cave living.

•   Marywood University names founding dean of new (oh-so-green focused) architecture school.

•   Glancey is practically gleeful re: new London Routemaster bus designs.

•   Sudjic's "The Language of Things" tries to "reconcile his fascination with the language of designed objects and his disapproval of the hold they have over us."

•   Rawsthorn on why the design process known as visualization is "is fast becoming one of the most exciting areas of design."

•   Stewart offers up 10 Architectural Predictions for 2009 (they're a hoot!).

•   In the spirit of the season: Why Christmases will always be white: our "electro pseudo-winter is incredible...But it's at odds with what's happening to 'real' winter."

•   Tate's Christmas tree may use people power, but it "looks like an ominous portent of future yuletides."

•   A Paris charity auction offered up "Christmas trees" designed by starchitects: no live trees were harmed, making them sustainable (though pricey) luxuries.


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