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Today’s News - Friday, November 19, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: We'll be taking a Thanksgiving break next week - and will return to your mailbox on Monday, November 29 (with lots of catching up to do, no doubt).

•   Two final design proposals to replace Robin Hood Gardens leave "shortlisted architects condemned" (that's a bit harsh).

•   China's love affair with the wrecking ball sparked by "a prevalent mind-set among decision-makers that new things are always better than the old."

•   Another gigantic Chinese plan, this time for Kenyan port (to include an oil refinery, three resort cities, three airports, and a new railroad!) threatens local culture, ("not to mention untold environmental destruction" (ya think?).

•   Kuma's V&A Dundee is a ray of hope for a shrinking city; "so too can the rest of us celebrate a ray of light piercing through rabid cuts on culture."

•   Saffron gets a sneak peek at Gehry's plans for Philadelphia Museum of Art expansion; she can't show us pictures so look at the floor plan and "listen carefully"; it sounds pretty good (except for "a tumbling stack of glass cubes" that "already seems like a nonstarter").

•   Terry Riley to curate the 2011 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture.

•   NYU scraps (sort of) towering plan next to Pei's Silver Towers after the architect made his opposition known.

•   DesignSingapore invests big-time in a new design academy, and hands out President's Design Awards.

•   An "Exploration Studio" wins Slate competition to redesign the American classroom (we wanna go back to school!).

•   An eyeful of the first-ever UK Landscape Awards.

•   Winning designs in SHIFTboston's Moon Capital 2010 competition are "wild, crazy, baffling and just plain cool" (that's putting it mildly!).

•   The Favela Painting project transforms a Rio slum into canvas bursting with color (great pix!).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   "Cook's Camden: London's great experiment in social housing" at the NLA offers an intriguing look at "the last great social housing program of the past half-century."

•   Glancey gives two thumbs-up's to de Maré's "sublime photographs of British industrial buildings," on view at RIBA, "that forced postwar architects to look again at the landscape."

•   LaBarre gives us eyefuls of the Snøhetta-curated "ultimate" Nordic art and design show in NYC, and the Alessi retrospective of the company's "love affair with star designers" in Philly.

•   Kapoor takes his art home with shows in Mumbai and Delhi: "A return is always going to be difficult - quite frightening, actually."

•   Q&A with Libeskind re: "A Hanukkah Project: Daniel Libeskind's Line of Fire" at the Jewish Museum (he designed the installation, too).

•   Q&A with Kamin re: "Terror and Wonder" and what Chicagoans should want from their next mayor.


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