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Today’s News - Thursday, December 1, 2011

•   A very busy news day that ends with more than a handful of heady calls for entries, so we thought we'd start with our own (and our first!) competition, in association with MOO, that we think is just plain fun.

•   On a sadder note, we lose the "T" in RTKL: Taliaferro is recalled as the "soul" of the firm: "Frank was the guy who made things work."

•   The owner of Battersea Power Station is set to go into receivership, putting the future of Viñoly's master plan in doubt (again).

•   Bozikovic on Toronto's sea of construction cranes where not all of the 147 high-rise buildings under construction will turn heads, "but some developers are tapping top talent in hopes of creating architectural standouts."

•   Hume x 2 from ground level: turning the Maple Leaf Gardens into a supermarket may have left some Torontonians "aghast," but it turns out to be "one of the best things to happen to this part of town in decades" + A local initiative to add a playground in downtown Toronto "reveals a city in flux...In a skyscraper city, it's the space between buildings that matters; that's where a neighborhood becomes livable - or not."

•   Some impressive development moves in Cleveland are turning its Uptown into a new - and vibrant - Downtown: "It's proving that an investment in transit and improvements in streetscape do start to change real estate investment patterns."

•   Brussat cheers Bristol, CT's efforts to revitalize its downtown via tweets; too bad Providence developers couldn't have "tapped into a more comprehensive notion of what the public wants" when planning the city's downtown.

•   A Who's Who weighs in on Snøhetta's expansion plans for SFMOMA: King cheers getting a look at the details at last.

•   Calys cheers "a strong conscious effort to address the urban context."

•   Hawthorne finds it "far more promising in terms of urbanism than architecture."

•   Pogrebin posits that "the project presents a post-recession template, in which function and use of a space almost take precedence over aesthetics."

•   Lee sees it as "Mt. SFOMA": a "snowy mountain that peers over the stolid darkness of the existing Mario Botta building."

•   Hanley hails the effort to connect it to San Francisco's Yerba Buena neighborhood. (All are a bit taken aback that the design includes removing Botta's three-story grand staircase, but none protest too much.)

•   Call for entries (and lots of 'em!): 2012 Architectural Record Good Design is Good Business Awards + AR/Architizer NYC AIDS Memorial Park Competition + ASLA 2012 Professional & Student Awards + Design Corps 2nd Annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design + Spark:Concept Awards (deadline extended) + Project submissions for "Contemporary Architecture and Engineering in the Middle East" exhibition at NYC's Center for Architecture.


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