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Today’s News - Monday, November 28, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us an eyeful of the stunning new Severin Wunderman Collection at the Cocteau Museum.

•   Leinberger tackles the "death of the fringe suburb" where strip malls are being replaced by higher-density mixed-use developments with good transit connections: it's time to "build what the market wants."

•   Barnes confesses he's a "messy regionalist" who cheers the "mix of grit and public interest vision: it's "a question about the most useful scale for solving a problem. So...we should get on with it."

•   Benfield cheers the federal government (finally) doing urbanism right with new HUD grants to "help communities improve their planning, mass transit and walkability...The sustainability genie is out of the bottle" and "it's not going back."

•   A Kentucky city's faded downtown ("an island of moldering buildings surrounded by a sea of surface parking lots") is thinking - and doing - big things to reinvent itself.

•   Things are not so sunny for an eco-home development in Scotland: it seems even oh-so-green high design doesn't make up for lack of public transit and a shop of two.

•   In Israel, Abandoned House Hunters seeks solutions to the abandoned-building syndrome that could make thousands of existing apartments livable once again.

•   UNESCO inspectors are not pleased with plans for the £5.5bn Liverpool Waters scheme: the inspection "could not have gone any worse" (though the developer "thought it went well"...h-m-m-m...).

•   Glancey glowers: "Will Liverpool really sacrifice its world heritage status over the glossy banality of the dockside buildathon?" (and could an upcoming Burdett/Rykwert tête-à-tête offer any solace?).

•   Pearman ponders and Moore muses: OMA's new London HQ for Rothschild is "corporate, svelte, positively self-effacing...Can we now say that OMA has grown up?" + It "has ghosted its way on to the skyline with a surprising degree of discretion with touches of wit, irony and teasing."

•   Russell raves about Denver's new Clyfford Still Museum: "Single-artist museums can embalm. This one astonishes."

•   A museum director questions: "Is it about the art or the architecture? Both. Neither...design too often trumps functionality" and "too often conspires to promote the billboard statement."

•   Campbell posits that PoMo, which "was colorful, fun, and popular, instead of bland, solemn, and elitist," could be on the verge of a comeback.

•   Brussat certainly hopes not: 30 years later, "it remains just as poisonous. Instead of offering beauty and utility, it is still putting the world off stride."

•   Asia Pacific winners of the Holcim Awards for sustainable construction announced (great presentations!).

•   Five über-impressive (and miles-long) teams now shortlisted for Navy Pier re-do in Chicago.

•   MoMA/P.S.1 names finalists of the 2012 Young Architects Program.



  


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