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Today’s News - Thursday, January 5, 2012

•   Kamin x 2: lots to look forward to in 2012 + a most engaging take on the Burj Khalifa two years later: despite "its status as a global icon" (and currently co-starring with Tom Cruise), "it is plainly no towering achievement in urban planning."

•   BD lines up some of the key projects around the world due to open this year (we can't wait!).

•   Horsley hails the Top 10 new NYC apartment buildings that offer "hope that the city's design conservatism may be waning."

•   After years of second-class attention, there is hope that NYC is finally heading into a "golden age for the East River."

•   Brussat hands out his Roses and Raspberries for 2011 (mincing no words, of course).

•   An in-depth look at PennPraxis at 10: "the group has pushed farther and farther afield, branching into the sort of city-changing projects that other academic design groups only dream of."

•   Stephens connects the dots between "a sorority of dissent" - Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson, and Betty Friedan: "There must have been something in the water affecting women in the early 1960s."

•   The new wing of Cranbrook's Saarinen-designed museum may not include new galleries or grand entrances, "but to call it simply 'storage space' would demean the complicated inner workings" that allows the museum to operate as intended when it was completed in 1942.

•   Dvir delves into the planned transformation of a seminal 1970s building in Haifa "from a modest, modernist office building to a brazen high tech one," losing "its architectural identity for good" (not all are displeased: "not every building planned by a great architect is worth preserving forever").

•   de Portzamparc's One57 now rising in Manhattan "may cement the arrival of a new boom."

•   Mays goes mano-a-mano with Yansong Ma re: how his "foxily curvaceous" Marilyn tower in Mississauga was "a landmark breakout from cereal-box modernism" (the word "nature" comes up often).

•   The downsides of working in a glass office: aside from a loss of privacy, there's "the bird factor - people slamming into walls."

•   A London-based firm wins U.N. ideas competition for housing in Iraq; first up: three sites in Baghdad (one hopes).

•   Krasnow on the special challenges in designing Indian Country detention facilities: "One of the significant differences is the challenge of incorporating a tribe's cultural values & symbols."

•   Q&A with the newly-elected president of African Union of Architects re: the future: "the focus is to re-brand African Architects and architecture" (and how to keep all the good work from going to foreigners).

•   As if things aren't bad enough, a new study shows an architecture degree yields highest unemployment: "People keep telling kids to study what they love - but some loves are worth more than others."

•   Call for entries: Helsinki Central Library International Architectural Competition.

•   Winners all: Faith & Form/IFRAA 2011 Religious Art and Architecture Awards + Association of Licensed Architects 13th Annual Design Awards.


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