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Today’s News - Thursday, January 6, 2011

•   A fascinating - and really in-depth - "memento mori" to phantom highways "that were never built or that were built and later demolished" offering a history to help us "understand to what extent the car and the city can ever be reconciled."

•   Hawthorne gives (mostly) thumbs-up to first images of Broad museum: "Although the design lacks the flair usually associated with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the downtown L.A. project's beauty and simplicity shine through."

•   A striking new entry (finally) for L.A.'s Natural History Museum (a whale of a skeleton included).

•   Rybczynski on the Comcast Experience in Stern's Philly tower: video as an architectural element that is "good-natured, quirky, and just plain fun" (video proves it, too - sure beats the sports channels we saw on our visit a bit ago).

•   A German university looks to "reinvent itself" and "generate buzz" with a "huge" new building by Libeskind - but not all are thrilled.

•   ZGF gets serious about designing for a dry world.

•   A Russian architect comes up with a solution for a very wet world: an eco-friendly "Ark" (great slide show).

•   Betsky x 2: if Russia does it right, its version of a Silicon Valley could "be a model for how such instant Edge Cities might be developed around the world" + He muses about whether Maki deserves the AIA Gold Medal: "I can often not make up my mind whether his designs are boring or delicious, and it is that hovering between the two that makes them so interesting."

•   Q&A with BIG's Ingels re: the challenges of designing housing in NYC: "What happens if you crossbreed the Copenhagen courtyard with the New York high-rise?" (alas, project details still under wraps).

•   Eyefuls of The 10 Smartest Cities on the Planet: some obvious, some not so obvious (congrats to Dubuque, Iowa).

•   Top 10 Homes for 2010 (some real wow's here, too).

•   Brussat hands out his Roses and Raspberries for 2010 (he had to look outside of Providence to find the roses).

•   A good reason to head to New Orleans next week: AIA Haiti/New Orleans Summit.

•   Goodwin "steps back" (not down) from RMJM (tongues must be wagging).

•   Call for entries: 2011 North American Copper in Architecture Awards (deadline looms!).

•   We just couldn't resist: an amazing eyeful of the Harbin Ice and Snow World on display in China this month (talk about wow!).


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