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Today’s News - Monday, January 5, 2009

We're b-a-a-a-c-k...and there's much catching up to do!

•   ArcSpace launches into the new year with an eyefuls of Gehry's AGO and Robert Wilson's VOOM Portraits and Chairs.

•   China may be reigning in its eco-city plans, but at least it's making some progress on green design codes; even its economic stimulus package includes environmental projects.

•   Malaysian architects cheer the country's just-launched Green Building Index.

•   Even NYC is coming around to wind power.

•   An impressive shortlist of 9 for U.S. Embassy in London.

•   King on the behind-the-scenes planning going on for the Transbay district: "a contrast to the sporadic drama of the past two years."

•   Towering plans in L.A. include demolishing Yamasaki's 1966 Century Plaza hotel (not all are pleased).

•   Russell on Libeskind's One Madison Avenue in Manhattan: it "captures a ruthless energy...If only he did not so clumsily cross just about every line that used to define architectural civility."

•   Heathcote has high hopes for OMA's Commonwealth Institute: the "architecture is surprisingly quiet...One day London will be grateful."

•   Kimmelman calls plans to rebuild Berlin's Hohenzollern Stadtschloss (a.k.a. the Prussian Palace) a "grand blunder."

•   Why design loves a depression: "the design world could stand to come down a notch or two."

•   A battle looms over plans to build a museum in the St. Louis Arch park.

•   Cincinnati Museum Center's roof may bloom to slash energy bill.

•   Glancey and Bayley offer their takes on what to keep an eye on in '09.

•   Rochon reviews '08: "The year threw us great curves."

•   Hawthorne's best - and worst - of '08: "a little self-analysis might be a productive thing in the end."

•   An army of experts (big names all) hone in on the decade's most remarkable homes.

•   Call for entries: DWR Champagne Chair Contest - deadline: this Friday(!), January 9.


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