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Today’s News - Monday, December 7, 2009

EDITOR'S NOTE: We have early morning travel plans tomorrow, so there will be no newsletter - but we'll be back Wednesday, December 9 (and posting from a time zone two hours earlier).

•   ArcSpace brings us Gehry's campus in Basel, and MVRDV's public market in Rotterdam.

•   We're saddened by the loss of Malcolm Wells, the champion of "gentle architecture" and seminal to the green building movement (and much too under the radar of late).

•   Rose muses on the fall of Dubai, and "mourns the eye-popping erections that should never have been commissioned" (but still just might rise).

•   Ending Sydney's malaise will require looking to Melbourne and Brisbane to "find home-grown examples of where it should aim."

•   Zandberg tackles the "drunken power that makes possible the architecture of occupation and settlement."

•   The U.K. looks to the Netherlands to solve the housing needs of a growing, aging population.

•   Chelsea Barracks selects a new team for master plan: other architects will design the individual buildings.

•   A call for architects to rebrand Nigeria - a "tough job...if not impossible to find unique Nigerian designs because even our villages now have buildings that are American masterpieces."

•   Campbell on Maki's "brilliant design" for MIT: "What happens when some of the world's messiest occupants move into the world's most exquisite building?" It's Snow White meets Mad Max.

•   The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO, aims to be the greenest office building in the country: unauthorized energy hogs will be unplugged (it will take "a certain ruthlessness").

•   Urban vertical farming has mastered many hurdles - now the world waits "to see which city will be the first to take off-land farming seriously."

•   Plantagon Greenhouse and DragonFly want to help cities combat climate change: are they zany visions or critical solutions?

•   An architect says "we owe a great debt of gratitude to the hacker" who broke into the Climactic Research Unit's e-mails to expose "the global warming hoax...And a hoax is exactly what it is."

•   In Bilbao, the "showiest new public work isn't another flashy building" - it's a gem of a park.

•   Shortlist named for Miami's Bicentennial Park Metromover station makeover (but will anything actually be built?).

•   An Oklahoma City parking garage is "an object of surprising curiosity" and "a welcome way to ease into the workday, whose start is often the act of parking."

•   Chicago's Michael Reese complex might land on the National Register of Historic Places, but the city plans to continue demolition with only two buildings promised to be preserved.

•   Urbahn's Vehicle Assembly Building at Cape Canaveral 40 years later: it "cuts a stark and lonely's a hyperbole - a simple, exaggerated sketch of a building."

•   Canada streamlines credential approval process for new immigrants with a background in architecture and engineering.

•   Call for entries: Architecture Award 2010 Passive House international competition.


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