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Today’s News - Monday, December 19, 2011

•   ArcSpace brings us an eyeful of BIG's Finnish ski resort (ski the rooftops!).

•   Singerman ponders the Australian government's new urban design protocol (written in plain English - what a concept!): architects "are being asked to think outside the square of buildings alone."

•   Rochon finds a few rays of enlightenment in her frustrating quest to get details on new housing plans for "the deeply troubled Cree community."

•   Meanwhile, a tribal college in South Dakota is teaming up with Colorado University students to provide energy-efficient homes to tribal members.

•   Heathcote cheers Maggie's centres that "offer a chance to re-evaluate the role that architecture can play in the everyday and the extraordinary."

•   Bullivant zeros in on OMA's Maggie's Center: it's a "gem," both "humble and responsive to its natural context...a seeming enactment of a moment of connection between architecture and landscape, a hidden symbol of its cause."

•   A curious Q&A with Koolhaas re: "soulless cities," the failings of Hamburg's HafenCity, and why "architects are getting a lot more attention today. But we are also being taken less seriously...We are celebrated as heroes - but humiliation is part of our daily lives."

•   Snøhetta submits Aberdeen Maggie's Centre for planning (not much info, but at least an image).

•   Doig dissects the slow-city movement where "speed may be the next battleground for urban streets."

•   McGuirk marvels at London's "great Victorian thoroughfare" now remade by a "gracious scheme" that "all but abolishes the distinction between road and pavement...It's all very liberal, and something of an experiment."

•   Glancey's review of last week: Exhibition Road's re-do (reviewed above); Finland's "newfangled mountain motel" (see ArcSpace above); Libeskind's 9-foot-high chandelier (developed with his astrophysicist-son, who knew?!!?); London's new Routemaster is "a bus as imagined by set designers for the Batman movies"; and Tangerine Tango as the 2012 color of the year.

•   Viñoly is "hired as creative brain" (in collaboration with KPF) behind plans to turn the Battersea power station into a football (a.k.a. soccer) stadium - not all are pleased.

•   Bloomberg picks Cornell/SOM team to develop a science school on Roosevelt Island (a $350 million anonymous gift towards the project might have had something to do with it - official announcement later today).

•   Moore on the rise of Aedas in 10 short years: the firm "would certainly like to be liked for the architectural quality of their designs...but it is clear that their systems of delivery are their main selling points."

•   Take AJ's Women in Architecture survey (architects, students, and clients welcome).

•   More end-of-the-year reviews: Hawthorne's Best-of leads with the Occupy movement: "In architecture, 2011 turned out to be the Year of the Tent...a spin on the notion of portable community."

•   Kennicott found it "a year without theme or remembered as another annum of too much stuff and too little time."

•   Kamin, having already named his Best list, now names the Worst - architects named are generally the victims - not the perpetrators (for the most part).

•   A round-up of the Top 10 news stories of the year from Down Under.

•   Call for entries: Helsinki, gearing up to be the 2012 World Design Capital, launches "Lights over Kruunuvuorenranta" international design competition for the artistic lighting of a new neighborhood (more competitions to follow early next year).


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