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Today’s News - Friday, January 29, 2010

•   Two energy companies are helping to underwrite Oklahoma City's urban ambitions to bring life to downtown (a 70-acre Central Park included).

•   Russell on the U.N.'s ambitious restoration plan - big bucks, but is it really all that ambitious?

•   Hawthorne gives (mostly) thumbs-up to L.A.'s latest urban planning experiment: "one part Hollywood vanity and one part subway plaza" - "ungainly," but interesting.

•   Goldhagen cheers Jerusalem's newest mixed-use complex that "indisputably establishes Safdie as one of today's very best urban designer-architects."

•   Meanwhile, his smallest project to date is proposed for Philadelphia: Though "tiny," he called it "very significant."

•   An impressive shortlist for V&A expansion.

•   Baillieu says the V&A learned a lesson from Libeskind's "ill-fated proposal" by showing "how modern architecture can win support, rather than simply alienating people."

•   Sejima's theme for Venice Biennale: "People meet in Architecture" - architects and then some.

•   SOM's Saudi Arabia Hajj Terminal takes 2010 AIA Twenty-five Year Award.

•   Groves cheers news of new life - and new location - for Santa Monica's last shotgun house after years of bouncing around the city "ducking the wrecking ball."

•   On the east coast, a coachman's cottage facing demolition finds a new home "because a passer-by felt sorry for it."

•   Call for entries: Greenpeace launches competition to design a "fortress" to beat off bulldozers at site of planned new Heathrow runway.

•   Wanted: a (male) architect to travel the world as TV show host.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Iovine recommends "China Prophecy: Shanghai" at the Skyscraper Museum: it's "a handy way to get a better grip on the changes under way in this clamoring, glamorous city."

•   "Arcadia/Suburbia: Architecture on Long Island 1930-2010" at the Heckscher Museum shows off Modernist masters, and reminds us of the importance of preserving what remains.

•   In Wellington, New Zealand, "Bill Toomath: Liberating Everyday Life" explores how his "architectural thinking has left its signature on the city."

•   Page turners: "The SANAA Studios 2006-2008" is a slim volume that "may make readers look at the firm's designs a little differently."

•   The first issue of the Yale Library Studies journal focuses on Yale's libraries (and Goldberger likes it).

•   At the Sundance Film Festival, "The Man Next Door" to an architectural wonder (a Corbu no less) shows "what happens when thou dost not love thy neighbor's window."


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