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Today’s News - Friday, January 23, 2009

•   We'll get through the bad news first: Yale shelves multiple plans for new buildings and renovations.

•   van Egeraat goes into receivership.

•   Foster's five-story (instead of 22-story) addition to 980 Madison still too tall.

•   Saffron bemoans Temple University's "artless" new Tyler School of Art and the "morbidly obese Alter Hall" (it's not the very fine architects' fault). cheers.

•   Will RIBA really axe £20,000 purse attached to the Stirling Prize? (and using "too many parties" as an excuse?)

•   Baillieu begs to differ: dropping the prize money "sends out the wrong message both to architects and the wider world."

•   On brighter notes: Queensland, Australia, and the AIA launch a new initiative to help bring Queensland architectural expertise to the USA (perhaps not all will consider that good news).

•   Ethiopian ministry highlights role of architects to develop construction industry; they're "fundamental for the healthy growth of towns" (what a concept!).

•   Weekend diversions: The permanent exhibition at the new Bergen-Belsen Memorial is a model of its kind.

•   Sydney Customs House fills its atrium with "Green Void," a 20m-high architectural installation of green Lycra (worth a look!).

•   Rio de Janeiro celebrates landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, who has "emerged as 'something of a hero' to a new generation of American landscape architects" (terrific slide show!).

•   A Hollywood ending for an architectural gem in New Orleans (Brad Pitt included).

•   Page turners: Q&A with Libeskind about "Counterpoint: Daniel Libeskind."

•   Rywkwert revels in the re-release of Giedion's 1946 "Space, Time and Architecture."

•   Volume 2 of Koolhaas's "Al Manakh" updates and expands his survey of Arabian architecture, design, and urban planning.

•   "The Art Of Fortress Building In Hospitaller Malta" draws attention to the uniqueness and importance of this heritage and a growing concern about its preservation.

•   "Architecture Uncooked" is an architect's take on the good, the bad, and the ugly in New Zealand holiday homes.

•   We needed a chuckle today: For sale: 1970s Minneapolis skyway (perfect for a holiday home or wine bar?); and a delightful stroll through some very British and very embarrassing place names.


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