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Today’s News - Wednesday, December 16, 2009

•   Kennicott on DS+R's Hirshhorn balloon: "If it gets built, it will be a whazzat sort of building...thrilling, baffling, confusing and perhaps even troubling."

•   Gopnik, on the other hand, worries "there's a real risk that this one 'work' in the Hirshhorn collection could shove aside all the others."

•   Rosenbaum offers up even more "upbeat news" about more museum projects that "are alive and kicking."

•   A £4.5 billion high-density, development in the U.K. already has notables on board, and "a host more are likely to be appointed."

•   Appelbaum explores "an unusual real estate experiment" in Syracuse to build new, green neighborhoods out of the old.

•   Dallas can raise millions for arts centers and Calatrava bridges, but lays out an "unwelcome mat out for project to house chronically homeless" (that would be good for more than just the homeless).

•   Glancey calls this the "season of humbug and hot air": why don't we "just stop buying ever more junk and stop approving and building so many demeaning and unsustainable projects?"

•   More minaret madness: a German group hopes for EU referendum to ban them across all 27 member countries (this gets even scarier - to us, anyway; be sure to read Roger Lewis's commentary in yesterday's newsletter).

•   On a brighter note: Kamin says Goettsch's "add-on architecture" is "captivating inside and out...what is striking about the addition is how inevitable it looks."

•   Detroit's "striking new transit center" makes the city's "small but woefully car-centered downtown more pedestrian friendly," and is "a visual homage to optimism in turbulent times."

•   Santa Monica picks an impressive shortlist to create "one of its most high-profile public projects ever."

•   In Miami, "South Beach's funky, forgotten little brother" filled with "simple, snazzy" MiMo architecture takes its place on the National Register of Historic Places.

•   The Grand Concourse and other cool places in the Bronx (finally) gains long-overdue historic district status.

•   Berkeley loves its mid-century architecture, but has it gone too far in bestowing "hallowed status on a concrete, flat-roofed building loosely linked to Bernard Maybeck"?

•   Q&A with artist and architect Kyong Park re: architectural education, his Silk Roads project, and the future for young architects.

•   Five designers each take home $50,000 USA Grants.

•   Two teams win Amsterdam's Open Fort 400 Competition for redeveloping a docklands zone.

•   We are incredibly saddened by the news that I.D. Magazine has folded - one day after the company's employee appreciation day (an almost iconic irony?).

•   Call for entries: 1st Annual One Prize Award: Mowing to Growing: A Design Competition for Creating Productive Green Space in Cities.


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