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Today’s News - Wednesday, January 4, 2012

•   Doig lines up seven bold urban projects that "point the way to a brave urban future" (one "should qualify Janette Sadik-Khan for sainthood").

•   Sociologist Saskia Sassen looks back at the Occupy movement's many encampments: "The city emerges as a space where the powerless can make history; it is not the only space, but it is a critical one."

•   A "crash program to build 36 million subsidized apartments" in China might help "prevent its economy from flaming out" - but pitfalls abound (including shoddy construction).

•   Iovine x 2: she finds a silver lining in hard times for architecture: "closer scrutiny to the bottom line and even the need to lop off extras can lead to a sharper and more forceful design." - She is left wondering if Cornell/Technion will stand by SOM's "wholly sustainable, radically accessible design plan" for a new NYC Tech Campus: "Cornell administrators close to the project were vague when asked" (and alums want an alum).

•   Litt offers his own litany of why the NEA's Landesman found Cleveland "a national example of how to blend historic preservation, community and economic development, and the arts" - "despite its status as a perennially shrinking city."

•   Looking back (and forward) at some "much-needed renovations" to several major Manhattan theaters that "largely got things right - though there's always room to quibble."

•   Hume cheers academic institutions that are teaching Toronto how to relearn the ways of urbanity.

•   Pearman reports from Dresden's Military History Museum: it is "a provocatively symbolic design" conceived when Libeskind "was at a creative peak. It shows...this military museum is a force for good" (great slide show, too).

•   Lavin on Scott Cohen's Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building: it "emerges as a new kind of building, sent via special delivery to a place where negotiation is urgently needed and heroism inconceivable."

•   A new museum in Kashmir could face a (costly) makeover before it even opens.

•   Chaban reports on new trials and tribulations for Atlantic Yards Barclays Center: the façade maker has closed its special purpose-built factory for the project.

•   Better news for the Art Deco Bank of Montreal building in Ottawa: it's being transformed into a grand ceremonial space for Parliament (great pix).

•   It looks like the end could be near for Neutra's Cyclorama at Gettysburg: "Even the building's biggest booster predicts feds will tear it down."

•   An almost intimidating encounter with Hadid (amusingly reported): "Does she think she's scary? 'No,' she says, even more tersely than before" (and where's her invite to the Olympic Games?).

•   Kamin pays tribute: even though he "was not a big fan" of Legorreta's University of Chicago dorm, "the man himself was warm, genial, intelligent, intellectually honest, and, above all, a great humanist. In a field whose leading practitioners are often given to arrogance and self-indulgence, he'll be missed." + In San Jose, Legorreta "left behind a legacy of color and drama - and a story about bubble-gum pink paint."

•   Kazovsky cheers the "many incredibly innovative ideas gathered and lovingly displayed" at L.A.'s Craft and Folk Art Museum in "Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985" (show closes this weekend).

•   We couldn't resist: The House on Chicken Feet, Part 3, where Nordenson re-envisions and re-engineer Rapunzel's tower.


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