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Today’s News - Thursday, February 10, 2011

•   Ouroussoff veritably oozes high praise for Gehry's Manhattan tower, "the finest skyscraper to rise in New York" since Saarinen's 1965 Black Rock for CBS (except at street level).

•   Kamin, on the other hand, is dismayed by plans to rehab a 1940s Chicago "retail gem" into "an architectural non-entity - tasteful but forgettable...a classic case of a developer dumbing-down Chicago's visual IQ."

•   Hume says "British bad-boy architect" Alsop's design for a Toronto subway station "offers a compelling case that the lowly subway station needn't be so lowly" (even though it "looks strangely post-apocalyptic" evoking "a romantic sense of ruin" in a "bizarre mix of mass transit and empty fields" - dreams of density?).

•   Brussat is (somewhat humorously) brutal about DS+R's Granoff Creative Arts Center at Brown University: it's "an architectural cliché - a thingamajig - with the sort of energetic flippancy," but at least it's "not boring, unlike most new modern architecture inflicted upon Providence in recent years."

•   NYC picks the team for the city's largest affordable housing complex since the 1970s (housing for 5,000 - waterfront park included).

•   Litt cheers Cleveland's Group Plan Commission call for "parity for pedestrians" around the city's Public Square and the Mall with recommendations that "embody the idea that civic beauty could be an economic development tool for a shrinking Great Lakes metropolis trying to turn itself around."

•   Lubell lauds LAUSD commissioning local talent to come up with innovative prefab prototypes for future Los Angeles schools.

•   We've run a few items about Tasmania's newest (mostly subterranean) art museum in Hobart - finally some pix!

•   LEED lawsuit no longer a class-action suit; plaintiffs are now professionals who claim they are "losing customers because USGBC's false advertisements mislead the consumer."

•   Court clears the way for Camden, NJ, to raze historic Sears building: it's "a blow to activists," but "the fight's not over."

•   Forbes annual America's Most Miserable Cities finds "California has never looked less golden" (some cities take issue with the findings).

•   Call for entries: Balance Your Digital Diet: tackle society's ever-increasing addiction to technology (big prize $$ - and Antonelli just joined the jury) + Deadline draws near for ASLA Professional Awards.


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