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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 12, 2010

•   Dubai still making waves in the desert: a Q&A with Albert Speer Jr., who says the Burj Khalifa is "purely a vanity project" and "the emirate is an example of failed urban planning."

•   Bedell calls the burj "a bleak symbol of Dubai's era of bling - irresponsible and unsustainable."

•   Betsky bets on Asymptote's Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi as "the most stunning - and most weird - building."

•   Watch out Burj Khalifa: there are plans afoot for Miapolis, a 3,200-foot-high building in Miami - is it just a dream or just "ridiculous" (we don't usually link to project websites, but this one you just gotta see to believe).

•   In Montreal, Cardinal Hardy is making a mark on the city with plans for the Bonaventure Expressway and a whole lot more.

•   Holl's Glasgow School of Art win draws cheers - and jeers - from local talent.

•   Foster's Yale School of Management plan clears one hurdle - but there are still bumps in the road to overcome (sometimes called NIMBY neighbors).

•   Gallagher delivers some sad news: Yamasaki closes its HQ doors in Troy, MI: the "sorry end seemed especially tragic given the luster of the firm's legacy."

•   Better news for Miami's oldest and most famous high school: a $75 million (and much-needed) makeover.

•   Ditto for a dilapidated flatiron building in Chicago - gaining new life as affordable housing and an arts center.

•   Architects plan "amphibious landscapes" for NYC's waterfronts.

•   Architects and planners have to deal with some thorny issues re: the implications of digital skins on buildings.

•   Becker on Tokyo's N Building with a QR (Quick Response) Code that you can read with your iPhone.

•   Shortlisted Australian entries for the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale offer "Ideas for Australian cities 2050+."

•   "TeachDesign" has Austin designers taking high school students through real world project: their own school.

•   Call for entries: USGBC 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition: Small, Green, Affordable (in New Orleans).

•   An impressive jury for St. Louis Gateway Arch competition; 90 firms already in the running (register by Jan. 26).

•   V&A at Dundee finds a site; search is on for an architect (Gehry said to be an early frontrunner); deadline for expressions of interest (EOI): February 12 (sorry...we couldn't find info on OJEU site).


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