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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 5, 2010

•   Kamin, Moore, and Rose on the Burj Dubai - 'er - now the Burj Khalifa (just think what it will cost to change the signage, maps, and t-shirts!); its "poetry comes from its mismatch of symbol and reality...a pratfall on a heroic scale"; it "may be a triumph of beauty and ambition, but the soulless cityscape surrounding it is another matter."

•   An excellent in-depth look at the history of Dubai's development - and its future: the discussion has "started to move towards quality of life" (and residents "yearn for more spaces outside of shopping malls").

•   Q&A with Adrian Smith: is it all you imagined? "It's pretty awesome."

•   Guangzhou is "setting the standard for sustainable transportation and livability" in China.

•   Cannell queries "will the new suburbia omit cul-de-sacs?"

•   Campbell on Boston's brief but fascinating Age of Concrete: "We don't have to sanctify it, but we shouldn't rip it all down either."

•   King offers a fascinating take on the Transamerica Pyramid's "steep path from civic eyesore to icon...As its novelty has faded, the sense of adventure has endured...brash and slightly odd - just like the city it calls home."

•   Heathcote x 2: Hadid's Maxii in Rome is "an impeccable job"; and a new arts center in Ireland "offers a glimpse of relief and a reminder of just how good architecture can lift the town and the soul."

•   Q&A with Viñoly re: his Las Vegas CityCenter adventure: he was pleasantly surprised by sense of community..."That is something that is very rare to find today."

•   CUF's Bowles offers 20 predictions for NYC 2010 and beyond.

•   Boston's best buildings of the decade: what make them important are not just buildings themselves but their revitalizing effect.

•   Brussat looks at how "Providence muffed the decade" (an era of "uglies").

•   Litt reviews 2009: Cleveland "finished the year in suspense...The biggest suspense regards the city itself."

•   A handy round-up of 2009 architecture and design awards, "the year of wallflowers and newcomers."

•   RFQ to develop innovative design options for Toronto's Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard.

•   Call for entries: Temporary Outdoor Gallery Space 3 (TOGS 3) International Ideas Competition; and 2010 North American Copper in Architecture Awards.


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