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Today’s News - Friday, January 9, 2009

•   These may be times for New Urbanists to seize their moment; but Duany warns: "it will be much harder to do better in the 21st century, because of the way we've built the 20th."

•   "Between the bad and the mad," some reasons for architects to be cheerful.

•   Rochon offers up some "architectural splendor to feast on in 2009."

•   AIANY offers Not Business as Usual brainstorming sessions for architects to reflect, brush up, and make plans for the future.

•   Iovine on the Cannell vs. Moss dust-up: "Withering vitriol aside, the truth is that both sides have a good argument."

•   Glancey and the architecture of diplomacy (x 2): the new U.S. embassy in Baghdad "looks and feels like the work of a regime battling for first place with the galactic empire itself"; he has (slightly) higher hopes that the new U.S. embassy in London will "take a different tack."

•   Heathcote reminisces about Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture: it "feels like a far more attractive, lively and connected place than it did 12 long months ago."

•   Ratner denies Gehry is off the Atlantic Yards team; they just need to find less expensive ways to build (and win a law suit or two).

•   Calls for entries: "Designing in Teheran" for Benetton buildings; and Van Alen Institute 2009-2010 New York Prize Fellowship.

•   25 projects garner 2009 AIA Institute Honor Awards.

•   Weekend diversions: Glancey takes a look at Palladio's life and legacy: "Every building he designed was a gem."

•   "The Green House" hits the road; next stop: University of Minnesota.

•   Another take on Yale's Paul Rudolph show: "meant to be read as the record of a tragedy" (and some triumph).

•   Page turners: Davidson on Huxtable's "On Architecture": her "work remains the gold standard of criticism...because she brings to the job a rare combination of aesthetic certitude and roving curiosity."

•   "Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism" is "an inspiring read for anyone."

•   Harbison on reissue of Munari's "Design as Art": "This spoonful of his teachings is worthy of a second serving."

•   Macaulay's "Integrated Design - Mithun" is more than just a pretty picture book of projects.

•   We couldn't resist: "Top 10 weird and wonderful stories of 2008."


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