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Today’s News - Wednesday, December 22, 2010

•   Sevcik on why the creative class can't save cities: "Poor Richard Florida - his theory is very right but it was then misused for short-term thinking" ("Archi-porn" and counting on the Bilbao Effect is no guarantee of success).

•   Warren Berger offers a four-step dance to be truly innovative (going backwards or sideways is not always a bad thing).

•   Neustein's report on Gehry's dog-and-pony show in Sydney (the most amusing must-read of the day): his UTS Business School is not a "crumpled 'brown paper bag'"; and "if quirky and exuberant costs less than rational and sober, he asks, why wouldn't you hire me?"

•   Rosenbaum (among others) offers a glide through Piano's "brave new Whitney" with a clip "produced despite Renzo Piano's usual distaste for fly-throughs."

•   Saffron is mostly disappointed in Philly's "latest pile of bricks to land on Independence Mall": The President's House, though "once you step into the belly of the memorial, the project begins to redeem itself."

•   The new Dutch embassy in Amman is Jordan's first LEED building: will it help placate ancestors who "would be horrified at our present waste of resources?"

•   Pearman on what went wrong with the Stirling/Wilford 1976 Runcorn housing estate: if it had "survived and been upgraded, it would have a very different reputation today" (the opening tale is a hoot).

•   Bornstein cheers Rosanne Haggerty and Common Ground (among our faves) and the 100,000 Homes Campaign: "It's the human welfare equivalent of NASA's race to put a man on the moon," proving "when cities make a concerted effort" to reduce chronic homelessness, "they succeed."

•   Berlin receives a €120 million ($160 million) Christmas present; now all the city needs to do is build a new museum to house it.

•   'Tis the season for the year-in-reviews: Anderton's impressive panel finds it "wasn't all bad" in L.A.

•   Rinaldi cheers "high ambition" that drove the best designs, even in a tough year.

•   The best from Dallas (this felt a bit thin to us).

•   AIA's ABI report reaches highest score since 2007, but it will take "several months in a row of increasing demand" before "we can feel safe saying we have entered a recovery phase."

•   Canadian Architect hands out its 2010 Awards of Excellence (alas, no images).

•   Call for entries: NEA's "Our Town" grants for "creative placemaking" projects (just a heads-up - guidelines coming soon) + BSA's Rotch Travelling Scholarship.


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