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Today’s News - Thursday, December 10, 2009

•   A faded movie palace in Oakland, CA - and the surrounding neighborhood - gets a new lease on life.

•   Goldberger and Kamin offer their top 10 lists of the best of the year in architecture in NYC and Chicago.

•   Concluding "they are wasting their time in a largely fruitless effort to improve architecture in the city," architects on Ottawa's Urban Design Review Panel resign en masse: "We feel like window dressing."

•   FOA to close as partners split - rival firms in the offing.

•   Move over CN Tower: China's "newest architectural marvel," the Guangzhou TV Tower will rise above all.

•   Jerusalem lays out some towering plans of its own: Calatrava's bridge is only a "sign of more modern architecture to come the city's entrance."

•   Meanwhile, his Dublin bridge opens just in time for Christmas - a great gift to the city's beleaguered drivers.

•   In Silver Lake, CA, a new library gives the neighborhood "an unmistakable, but not over-the-top, symbol to be proud of...prompting the city to be more ambitious in its architecture."

•   Heathcote waxes poetic about the waning popularity of the classic British country house, "but a few architects are demonstrating how the country house can still surprise and delight."

•   NYC architects take sandwich board advertising to the next level: a pop-up store offering free consultations.

•   An eyeful of the Guggenheim Museum's new restaurant: a major departure from its former manifestation, "and an appealing one at that."

•   NEA Design Director Maurice Cox garners the Edmund N. Bacon Prize.

•   We couldn't resist: Roy Lichtenstein-inspired, seizure-inducing interiors (warning: not for the faint-of-heart).


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