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Today’s News - Wednesday, December 21, 2011

•   Pondering public spaces in the age of Occupy Wall Street: AIANY lines up an all-star panel to try to answer the question: "what makes up truly public space?" (you can watch the whole thing).

•   Balsley, the landscape architect "behind more POPS than anyone," has some ideas: "Whatever the repercussions of OWS, no one should be led to believe that uninviting design is an appropriate response" for Privately Owned Public Spaces.

•   Arieff offers a most interesting riff on rethinking "temporary" architecture (comment section worth a gander, too).

•   Campbell-Dollaghan parses the Koolhaas Q&A with Der Spiegel: "If you only read the highlights, you probably missed the point."

•   Rem might not have been kind in his comments about HafenCity, and despite financial setbacks (including the probable scrapping of an OMA project), the $10 billion, starchitect-studded adventure in urban redevelopment "is moving along" (great slide show).

•   Rybczynski wanders Bing Thom's Surrey Central City outside of Vancouver that combines a shopping mall, office tower, and university, planned like a traditional downtown: "The longer I walked around...the more convinced I became of the profound correctness of this innovative solution."

•   Bayley at his best sizes up the 25-year-old Lloyd's Building being landmarked: "Proof that 'modern' has become an historical style label...From bold astonishment to the safety of the archives in a quarter of a century! This is an irony to savor."

•   Meanwhile, Grimshaw's plans for London Bridge Station redevelopment gets the green light (though not all are pleased with what the wrecking ball will claim).

•   Eisenhower's granddaughters are not so happy with Gehry's memorial design: "They're not against Gehry. They're not against modern design. They just don't like this one."

•   Benfield cheers a county initiative to make suburban streets more user- (i.e. people-) friendly that "brings together three relatively new and successful lines of sustainability thinking and planning" (including green infrastructure and "complete streets").

•   Suzuki hails Canada's grand plan to establish its first urban national park; it's "an exciting NIMBY project" in the Greater Toronto Area that "will be unlike any other."

•   Bey makes his pick of the some of the best (Jahn's "magical, mechanical" library) and worst (the "awful fiberglass Marilyn Monroe in granny panties") of the year in Chicago architecture.

•   Great presentations of Architect Mag's 2011 Annual Design Review winners.

•   Three we couldn't resist: Part 1 of three "architectural fairy tales" + LaBarre's take on London's new Routemaster by "Brit-boy wonder" Heatherwick (fab photos by Iwan Baan, too!) + An astounding slide show of street artist Relero's 3D illusions on pavements (not to be missed!).

•   Call for entries: RFP to save Johansen's iconic 1970 Stage Center in downtown Oklahoma City now in danger of being lost + OPPTA Competition: Emergency Interventions.


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