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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 3, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: Happy New Year! It's good to be back, but after a 10-day break, it's going to take us that long to catch up with all that's been going on (whoever said the holidays are a slow season for architectural news!??!). So let's get to it...

•   ArcSpace welcomes in the new year with an "exuberant" series of sculptures in the Jardins des Tuileries, Paris.

•   We're sad to start the year with some notable losses: Legorreta, 80, who gave San Antonio a "red splash of 'joy'"; Bernstein pays tribute to Geller, 87, who "embodied postwar ingenuity" and "helped bring modernism to the masses"; Oehme, 81, the landscape architect who founded the New American Garden movement; and Zeisel, 105, who was so much more than a ceramic artist.

•   A most interesting take on Foster's Apple campus in Cupertino: it might have "the design community a bit perplexed" and disappointed, but that's because the critics didn't connect "the design to its most obvious reference: Zen's pretty glorious being on the inside of the Zen Circle of Steve."

•   Rawsthorn offers up the challenges and opportunities for the design industry in 2012: "There have been few moments in history...when the rest of the world has been as amenable to allowing designers to tackle them."

•   A Buildings of 2011 list is full of surprises (with very few of the expected usual suspects).

•   Hume is not all that hopeful for the future of tall buildings in Toronto when "the city and its planners remain fixated on height" and not the real issue of "how our buildings behave at street level."

•   Developers go into a feeding frenzy as Miami nears approving casinos, but planned mega-resorts (and we mean mega!) "could be bad news for established businesses."

•   Birnbaum reflects on 2011's 10 notable developments in landscape architecture: "Modernism had an iffy year."

•   Kimmelman cheers a new park in Madrid that "blooms where a freeway once blighted": Madrid Río "is a project whose audacity and scale belongs to a larger transformation."

•   King gives (mostly) thumbs-up to San Francisco's spate of parklets that are turning "parking spaces into pedestrian nooks...a design experiment being conducted before our eyes, and it's not going away."

•   Van Alen and the National Park Service announce the winning schools in Stage 1 of a competition to re-imagine America's national parks.

•   RMJM "has officially snapped up troubled 67-year-old" YRM.

•   Mather tapped to design the extension for the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts.

•   Houston picks Lake|Flato and Studio Red Architects to design a new arts center with hopes it will become a catalyst for Midtown development.

•   Heneghan Peng beats out some big names to win the competition to design the Palestinian Museum on the Birzeit University campus near Ramallah.

•   Park City, Utah, has an impressive shortlist to choose from to design a major transformation of the Kimball Art Center.

•   MoMA names Portugese architect Pedro Gadanho as Contemporary Architecture and Museum Design curator + Amanda Dameron moves up the masthead as Dwell's new editor-in-chief.


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