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Today’s News - Tuesday, December 15, 2009

•   ArcSpace brings us Hadid in Rome, and Viñoly in Montevideo.

•   Last week we ran Lomborg's argument that efforts to halt global warming should be postponed; now German energy company head says "never before has there been a better chance for a global climate deal."

•   Impressive signs of a blooming life for California's green economy despite the recession.

•   Hosey on a new a new gender gap in the office and on campus when it comes to sustainability: "When it comes to green, the gender gap is clear, and it favors women."

•   A new survey finds that China is losing thousands of historic sites because of aggressive development: "the damage caused over the last 20 years was worse than during the Cultural Revolution."

•   Is San Francisco's preservation commission leaning towards landmarking mid-century mediocrity?

•   Russell finds some "wow" on a tour of CityCenter in Las Vegas, but the "architectural bouquet never forms a crisp, readable ensemble."

•   Lewis minces no words about what he thinks of the Swiss "misguided vote" to ban minarets.

•   Pogrebin delves into the cultural building boom: "bigger buildings may not be better."

•   Rosenbaum begs to differ: what about "the many beneficial and successfully realized projects" - and those still moving forward.

•   Ouroussoff on DS+R's very "different kind of bubble" in Washington that could be "the most uplifting work of civic architecture" since Pei's East Building and "transform one of the most somber buildings on the mall into a luminous pop landmark" (whether it will go forward in the question).

•   High hopes the Louvre-Lens will bring the Bilbao effect to a former French mining town (improved cuisine might also help).

•   Litt on the Cleveland Museum of Art's approval of Viñoly's expansion project, splitting the second phase in two (at least the museum will look finished from the outside).

•   Hadid's Broad Art Museum at Michigan State also given the go-ahead.

•   Kennicott digs the good vibes at St. Albans school: it is "a building that seems to trust its people, rather than reflect their anxieties and suspicions."

•   Bayley practically bubbles over Dublin's new Beckett Bridge: "Calatrava is a form-giver of novel genius."

•   Call for entries: The Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers: "ReSource"; and ASLA call for presentations/education sessions for 2010 Annual Meeting.



  


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