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Today’s News - Tuesday, December 1, 2009

•   Aligning sustainability and historic preservation: retrofitting existing buildings is a vital strategy in the battle against climate change.

•   Krier bemoans NIMBYism and overdevelopment: "There's no hope for very large cities": could a "2012" apocalypse help? (how's that for cheering up his San Diego hosts, though he did manage some compliments).

•   Walker offers up an eyeful of the "revolutionary convergence of starchitects" creating "a jackpot of contemporary architecture" in Las Vegas readying for its close-up this week.

•   Hume cheers Safdie's plan for a "Queens Quay jewel": it's "the best thing to have been proposed for Toronto's long-neglected harbor lands in decades."

•   Kamin x 2: he's not so cheery about Chicago's Block 37 mall: "Despite some good urban design strokes, Block 37's curse lives on"

•   He does cheer the demolition of Mies's Test Cell building: "Must we save every scrap of a great architect's work, as if it were a musical doodle from Mozart?"

•   Rochon makes the best of being stuck in Frankfurt's airport by musing on others that avoid "terminal frustration."

•   In Melbourne, the transformation of a rusting railway shed turns a deteriorating steel and brick hulk into a modern - and very green - building.

•   Davidson finds that "despite the laconic elegance" of the new U.S. Mission to the U.N., it is "made for a lethal world" broadcasting "a primitive mixture of toughness and fear."

•   Neighbors cheer as plans for Chicago's Three Arts Club to house ashes of the dead are scrapped (but they might not be any happier with other proposals).

•   Could Oakland Museum of California's retrofit usher in a Brutalist revival?

•   Calatrava's Peace Bridge is under-budget and underway; despite value engineering, he says his overall vision "remains unaltered."

•   A good reason to head to New Orleans next week: DesCours 2009.

•   We couldn't resist: people see red when easyJet uses Eisenman's Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe for a fashion shoot (whatever where they thinking?!!?); and Pentagram's Bierut offers up "The Lazy Designer's Guide to Success" (take heed!).


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