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Today’s News - Tuesday, November 22, 2011

•   Two architect/curators discuss "Unbuilt Washington" and the what-might-have-been projects that would have made Washington, DC look very different today (and tomorrow).

•   Kennicott finds the exhibition "far more than a catalogue of lost opportunities and terrifying near misses"; it raises questions that "lead back to fundamental and often arbitrary assumptions about what the architecture of democracy should look like."

•   Designs for Manhattan's massive Hudson Yards project have been re-drawn - for the better (for the most part), with hopes "the two buildings will go ahead and dance their way around the fabric of the city's newest cluster of statement-making skyscrapers."

•   Further downtown, there are high hopes for a "Low Line" with a proposed park "in a dank former trolley terminal under Delancey Street" (complete with greenscapes and sunshine - it looks very cool to us!).

•   An impressive shortlist of teams show off their "anonymous" designs for London's Olympic South Park.

•   Kansas City's Kauffman Center is "a moving celebration of a city's upward trajectory...that seems to relish its location so much, to be so proud of the city it shows off."

•   DSIA has futuristic plans for Mariinsky II in St. Petersburg: "There will be no red plush or gilding, it's not the Bolshoi" - though it's not been an easy project: "too many authorities involved."

•   LaBarre brings us an eyeful of BIG and OFF's big win for a project for the Sorbonne.

•   Davidson hangs out with SHoP to find out what makes them "masters of post-boom buildability," and how they came up with the world's tallest prefab tower for Atlantic Yards to make "housing awesome yet affordable."

•   Arieff cheers a Kansas City firm "that likes its urbanism 'messy'": working outside top tier cities "actually accords you the freedom to shape a city."

•   A Dallas architecture firm sues developers for allegedly stealing its design (meanwhile, those protesting the project are "ecstatic").

•   Glancey reviews last week in architecture: "From a seashell-collecting Le Corbusier" to architecture reaching for the moon (and the prospect of a "Design Robot of the Year 2020").

•   Kamin minces no words about why he's bristling over Chicago's mayor selling ads on city property: "Tasteless. Clueless...a grotesque cheapening of the public realm...the uglification of the City Beautiful" (and much, more).

•   Rawsthorn raves about the Occupy movement's clever use of "design cues to trigger public recognition" (brandmeisters should be pleased).


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