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Today’s News - Monday, November 30, 2009

•   ArcSpace brings us "Donald Judd: Furniture" in NYC, and two tomes by Goldberger.

•   Is there a future for giant public works projects?

•   Hawthorne wonders "what happens when high-profile building projects stumble forward without the big-name architects that helped them gain attention."

•   Orange County Great Park not exactly stumbling forward, just taking smaller steps.

•   The head of Israel's Union of United Architects says not all West Bank building is political.

•   It seems to be a politics of fear that has banned minarets on mosques in Switzerland, "denting the nation's image as a bastion of tolerance."

•   On a brighter note, Hume cheers the demise of "Toronto the Timid": the city "has started to think big, take architectural risks" (but will it maintain the momentum?).

•   Alsop has a few doubts about that: "Torontonians are good at just saying no" (that should endear him).

•   Vietnamese architects blame poor management by municipal authorities - and architects' lack of training - for Ho Chi Minh City's "lack of character."

•   Bernstein visits Pitt's "gifts to New Orleans" and finds brightly colored, modernist houses that make a big impression (good and bad, depending on who he talked to).

•   Baillieu warns that the "belief that the construction industry can bring about a 50% cut in CO2 emissions could lead to dangerous complacency."

•   India cheers "an almost unknown building" winning a WAF award for being green (without fancy mechanics).

•   Clemson's new green science building "is for the birds, but in a good way."

•   Birmingham's big building plans move ahead with approval of Mecanoo's library design and FOA's New Street Station plans (submitted for planning, anyway).

•   FLW's Pennsylvania synagogue seeks more recognition - and will probably find it.

•   Karlsberger seeks $32 million from OSU for breach of contract (a gutsy move).

•   Survey shows pain of recession for artists, though "musicians and architects tend to do better than writers and painters."

•   Design Miami is proving effective as a force for change in the city's Design District.

•   Architectural photographer Robert Lautman, 85, will be remembered at the National Building Museum this Friday (his sense of humor was legendary - "among the vocations listed on his business card was 'Lunch'").


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