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Today’s News - Monday, December 12, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us the Steel and Silver Huts at the Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture in Japan.

•   Berg contemplates "what the 2012 TED Prize Means for The City 2.0."

•   Zandberg is taken with a final thesis by a landscape architecture major who dealt with the "settlements of the so-called Bedouin diaspora" that "should not be seen as targets for demolition, but rather as spaces that deserve redefinition and organization for the benefit of their residents."

•   Scotland's new Maggie's Centres are "small but perfectly formed constructions" that aim "to make sure people do not lose the joy of living in the fear of dying."

•   LaBarre on the firestorm brewing over MVRDV's design for luxury residential skyscrapers in South Korea (for the DreamHub development master planned by Libeskind): does the "pixilated cloud" resemble the twin towers exploding on 9/11?

•   Li looks at how and why AIANY "has increasingly been involved in the social and living impacts of urban planning and architecture."

•   We wonder if there were any activist architects at Occupy Broadway that wants to reclaim New York City's Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) _ terrific slide show with PPS's Kent pointing out the good, the bad, and the useless.

•   Doig digs plans for underground parks in a long-abandoned subway and trolley tunnels: could "the basement the new penthouse?"

•   Moore makes his pick of the best architecture of 2011 (and "a strong field of turkeys").

•   Glancey's review of the week in architecture includes cheers for Hertzberger's RIBA Gold Medal, and "Germany's walkable rollercoaster" that is "loopily lovable."

•   Wainwright cheers winner of the Windermere Steamboat Museum competition "to house dear old Dolly and the swanky Esperance."

•   Campbell has some very nice (and some very not-so-nice) things to say about Stern's new Harvard Law building: it's "a little pompous and a little dull...blandly handsome in its stiff-shirted, slightly overfed way," but "it's a good building" (sounds like a lot of lawyers we know).

•   Rochon cheers Safdie's first residential tower in Toronto that proves "when intelligent rigor is applied to a promising design, architecture sparkles not only for the people who live inside but also for the public walking by."

•   Meanwhile, Safdie's U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, is an "open, light-filled design that befits an organization dedicated to the better angels of our nature."

•   Queensland's Gold Coast gives the green light to a $950 million triple-tower resort.

•   Slevin looks to Architecture Research Office and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol folks for answers to "the profound question: why is this year different than any other year (or why was it the same)?"

•   Appleyard meets Heatherwick, "whose quirky style points to a new kind of architecture...not the old modernist hero-architect hiding behind a mask of whimsy."

•   ASAP is a new model for collecting and chronicling architecture; it launches tonight in Manhattan (perhaps we'll see some of you there!).


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