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Today’s News - Monday, January 17, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us lots more info on DS+R's The Broad, and travels to New Orleans for the first time.

•   In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Becker introduces us to one of Chicago's "most strikingly modern churches" that played a pivotal role in the city's own important civil rights battles.

•   PLANetizen rounds up the Top Planning Issues of 2010: "It was a year of making more with less, and diminished expectations," though some "forward-thinking ideals" gained ground.

•   Berg looks at Burning Man as "one of the most ambitious visions of utopian urbanism in existence today" that "could be instructive to urban thinkers elsewhere."

•   Cheek chats with a few of the small to midsize U.S. firms who are "enjoying a startling boom in Chinese projects."

•   Hume x 2: while there's a "growing realization that sprawl cannot be jurisdiction has woken up and smelt the exhaust"; sadly, others "sold themselves to developers long ago and cannot break free."

•   He has higher hopes for Toronto's "broken boulevard" and a design competition that could open avenues to "improvement, innovation and imagination" (borrowing a few cans of paint from Sadik-Khan could be a good start).

•   An AIA Utah competition has high hopes of temporarily transforming an empty lot in downtown Salt Lake City into something more than urban blight for the next two years.

•   D'Arcy on a "mega-church meltdown": the Crystal Cathedral may have to sell off its architectural icons ("If I were choosing, the Meier building would be the first on the block").

•   Moore has high hopes that the battle to save Melnikov's Moscow house "may at last be coming to an end. And not a moment too soon...One of the great houses of the 20th century is at stake, and a piece of Moscow's soul" (great slide show).

•   Schumacher calls for additional design review and refinement with Marriott proposal in Milwaukee: though she sees merit in the project, "It'd be a shame to tear down buildings of character to make room for something so lacking in it."

•   Brussat at his best bemoaning the fate of a 1901 red brick schoolhouse: "When writing about architecture and preservation in Providence, a sense of the absurd comes in handy...a textbook example of the fox guarding the chicken coop."

•   Bernstein on a former garage in L.A. transformed by Giovannini, who has created the illusion "that I've painted space rather than painted walls."

•   Q&A with Balmond re: leaving Arup for his own practice, balancing business concerns with creativity, and the next generation of architects.

•   Arieff on the "Taxi of Tomorrow" competition: the "bar wasn't set all that high" and the finalists are, "well, dull. Boxy. Lacking in imagination" - but she found a "conjurer of 'ludicrous' ideas" who offers some ideas - "some pragmatic, some dystopic, others clearly silly" (great slide show!).

•   Impressive shortlists for both the Mies van der Rohe Award and the Design Museum Brit Insurance Design Awards.

•   One we couldn't resist: Should designers work for free? "Short answer: hell #$%*ing no. (Unless it's for your mom.)"


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