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Today’s News - Tuesday, December 21, 2010

•   Maki marks the New Year with 2011 AIA Gold Medal.

•   King's Top 10 in 2010: he may be "hard-pressed" to name San Francisco's 10 best buildings of the year, but he cheers the emergence of "neighborhood-scaled planning that teases us with the promise of sustainable, transit-friendly urbanity."

•   On the other hand, Mongolia and Spain are plagued on their plains with brand new ghost towns.

•   Meanwhile, artists of every stripe are lining up for homes in Turkey's first "artist village" because, says its architect, "they are bored of going to popular places" (will these cultured cognoscenti really love giving free classes while breaking their nails tending their own vegetable gardens, we wonder).

•   Cairo's 2050 "Cleaner, Greener, Better" plan: it could displace thousands (including camels); optimism - and pessimism - abound.

•   de Portzamparc's massive Riverside Center on Manhattan's Hudson River (finally) gains approval by including affordable housing, a school, and lots of public spaces ("But, it's still too big.").

•   Mayne tells Melbourne we're heading towards a high-rise world, and that's good news good for architects.

•   Hume x 2: Mississauga's "voluptuous " and "remarkable" and "extraordinary" Marilyn Monroe tower "redefines high-rise condo architecture...symbolic of a city seeking to establish an image of itself as innovative and forward-looking" (and so popular, they're building a sibling) + Cheers for University of Toronto's Brutalist and brutal Robarts Library finally turning a page.

•   Litt lays out more details of bold visions for Cleveland's downtown: "Where others would see the tired heart of a shrinking city with chronic low self-esteem, they see big make it shine."

•   Lange and Lamster have a lunch debate of Moneo's new (unnamed) Columbia University building: "just because a building defies expectations doesn't mean it's not good" (they both agree the upper floors are great).

•   Qatar's newest museum in an old school building will focus on Arab modernity, and "will not shy away from being provocative."

•   LaBarre offers an eyeful of a 1959 Paris chapel transformed into "what looks like the roominess of a small cathedral and the soul of a Vitra showroom."

•   Rogers Marvel's oh-so-clever "NoGos" turntables "satisfy security imperatives without sacrificing street life."

•   University of Oregon architecture students tackle a "daunting task: design Salem's 1970s-era civic center campus as an icon for the city."

•   Bernstein sorts through the he-said/they-said acrimony between Norten and Heerim in failed merger attempt.

•   Hopefully things will work out better for Sasaki and Hacin's "not a merger" arrangement: it's "more of a May-December romance."

•   Gwathmey Siegel archives head to Yale.


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