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Today’s News - Thursday, November 4, 2010

•   Forget smart growth vs. sprawl - new lines in the sand seem to be between New Urbanism vs. Landscape Urbanism:

•   Duany vs. Harvard GSD: he calls it a "coup completed in September" that "was a strategic masterpiece" (Szenasy asks: "is he just looking for a fight, or is there a constructive dialogue to be had here?").

•   Meanwhile, Mehaffy questions whether Landscape Urbanism is just "sprawl in a pretty green dress."

•   Beirut "politicizes" its "dirty, dangerous green inch" while Djurovic is doing the city's "dirty work by reclaiming every green inch possible" + a Q&A re: his cultural landscapes and the sad state of Lebanon's investments in restoring its public spaces.

•   Controversy over new rule to limit glass on buildings in Abu Dhabi: to some, it will force architects to be more creative; for others, not so much.

•   Huxtable minces no words about a landmarked Manhattan "jewel box" losing its interior gem in "a perverse form of preservation that begins with a profound misunderstanding" of a Bertoia sculpture's "function as an essential architectural element."

•   Much better news re: "mindful preservation" that saved "a seminal work of early modernism" in the Netherlands, garnering the 2010 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize (great pix, slide show!).

•   Libeskind tapped to design Finland's second largest indoor arena; re: planning permission, deputy mayor says, "We can always ask the court for permission to begin, if the complaints are not relevant" (check out link to slide show - seems there's a lot more planned than just an arena).

•   Toronto names an impressive planning, design and compliance team for Athletes' Village for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, and issues an RFQ to design, build and finance the project (deadline looms!).

•   Brussat at his best dissecting "why ugly buildings get stupid names" with a tip o' the hat to Kieran Long, but London might not be the "world capital of buildings with derisive monikers" (check out Providence, RI: Ice Cube in Diapers, anyone?).

•   Ai Weiwei claims the order to demolish his Shanghai studio "a trap"; his architect hopes to stave of demolition.

•   Per Duany's rant (above), an ode to the designers and caretakers of Harvard's own landscapes: "sustainable outdoor havens" that "make land into art."

•   Call for entries: CNU 2011 Charter Awards (how timely considering today's lead stories).

•   Yes, Halloween is over, but we couldn't resist an amazing eyeful of "Awesome Arch-O-Lanterns" that prove "Auto-CAD will never beat a good X-Acto knife" wielded by clever designers.


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