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Today’s News - Thursday, February 12, 2009

•   Rochon visits the barrios of Medellin and Caracas and finds two very different worlds: one "has floated up, up, up" with "catalytic architecture"; the other "has spiraled crazily down."

•   Architecture and politics: White City, Dark City: "Gaza City and Tel Aviv offer a brutal display of contrasts."

•   Zandberg says "Israel's urban environment has suffered more than enough architectural abuse"; Rami Karmi's design for new prime minister's HQ "one abuse too many."

•   Despite protests that money could be better spent, the Israeli government approves the huge budget for lavish new PM's residence (with pix - you can decide).

•   The public rallies to support building Kaplický's Prague library; City Hall walks a noncommittal line.

•   Cornell faculty debates Milstein Hall: without it, the architecture department is "in extreme danger of losing accreditation"; it should be put on hold along with other projects; it could be built - if it's green enough.

•   Brussat blames Hitler for inflicting Modernism on America, causing the "decline and fall of our cities."

•   An eyeful of BIG Architects' carbon neutral master plan for Zira Island in the Caspian Sea.

•   CalArts adds a Wild Beast to its menagerie of buildings: "It's a fun little thing."

•   Princeton taps Tod Williams Billie Tsien for Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

•   George Brown College taps Stantec and KPMB for new Toronto waterfront campus.

•   Costs to restore Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal are six times more expensive than anticipated (but vows to get it done).

•   Hume is taken by Toronto Hydro manhole covers painted red - perhaps a good idea for the rest of the city: it would employ artists, "bolster flagging civic pride, keep us amused, and make Torontonians more sensitive to the ubiquity of the infrastructure."

•   Hosey calls for the U.S.-Mexico border barrier to be torn down: it's "an architectural, ecological, and functional failure."

•   Reality bites: he said there wouldn't be job cuts, but Foster will lay off up to 400, and close Berlin and Istanbul offices.

•   Louis Kahn's Esherick House finally makes it to Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.

•   Gehry's software keeps buildings on budget (at least for projects that still have budgets).

•   We couldn't resist: a Woodstock revival in the wind for Berlin's Tempelhof airport (we're up for that - happy birthday Abey baby).


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