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Today’s News - Wednesday, December 9, 2009

•   Weinstein offers his picks of the best architecture books of '09: 10 crucial volumes from the classic to the iconoclastic.

•   Glancey reviews a decade of architecture: it was all "taller, shinier, crazier," but "is the age of bling over?"

•   Bell on why the profession really needs the Association of Architecture Organizations now.

•   Architects decry the "concrete tsunami" that is "wiping out Russian heritage."

•   A special report on climate change: Copenhagen offers the chance to do better (our fingers are crossed!).

•   We're sad to hear NYC mayor caved in to building owners on policy that "would have put New York far ahead of other cities in the green-buildings movement."

•   King's caveats re: SFMOMA's expansion plans; his guess: Don't put your money on 'Botta: The Sequel.'"

•   Hawthorne offers his own caveats (and high hopes) for LACMA's Zumthor/Govan collaboration (forward - slowly - could be good).

•   Why Pei's National Gallery needs an $85 million facelift: "It seems pretty clear that the architect's 'technological breakthrough' was more of an experiment than he realized."

•   Expansion of the National Museum of the Pacific War "is embedded with multiple layers of meaning" - and fits perfectly into its Texas landscape.

•   Saffron pays tribute to Malcolm Wells, "considered a crackpot in 1964," he was clearly an architect ahead of his time.

•   London to get £600m chromosome-shaped genetic research complex.

•   San Diego's Old Globe Theatre shows off new additions in Balboa Park.

•   A new guide for rural development "doesn't pretend to have all the answers but it does highlight the type of questions that get thrown at you - the expected, and the unexpected" (like bones and relics).

•   An Australian winery adds new pavilions (named for architects) and a new museum aimed at those who are who are interested in a "subversive adult Disneyland."

•   Call for entries: weave the Gateway Arch back into the fabric of St. Louis and the region; and young architects/designers challenge to design in Carrara marble and glass.


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