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Today’s News - Monday, January 16, 2012

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of MAD's museum in Inner Mongolia, and Situ Studio's Brooklyn Museum installation.

•   Haiti two years after the quake: the "optimistic rallying cry to 'build back better' has turned out to be much harder to achieve than anyone imagined."

•   McKnight meanders through a "housing expo gone bad...There are many rebuilding success stories in Haiti; from what I can tell, this is not one of them" (incredible photos).

•   Right after the quake, Haiti filled with urban planners, but their big plans "are still just drawings on tables at architecture firms in Miami, which played an outsize role in the planning."

•   On a slightly brighter note, Sinclair and Stohr offer "plenty of reasons to be optimistic" about what's happening in Haiti.

•   Pearman offers high praise (and high wit) for the Room for London: "it's more than a little mad. But it is also very ingenious and endearing...what might also be described as a monument to English eccentricity" (and great pix!)

•   Baillieu thinks all the ballyhoo about architects not being able to flaunt their Olympic projects is "hardly catastrophic" - they'll get lots of publicity (eventually).

•   Are arts venues being designed and programmed to encourage the next generation? (maybe it's time to start encouraging younger design talent).

•   Turning to Texas: Simek wonders: Will Calatrava's soon-to-open bridge lead "to new models of development and forward-thinking urban practice? Or will it serve as yet another symbol of Dallas' bloated ego?"

•   Meanwhile, the city's bicycle advocates "win a game of chicken" with City Hall in a "standoff between the old Big-Hair Tail-Fins Dallas and the new Gen X Thirty-something Back-to-the-City Dallas. Don't look now, but Big-Hair just blinked" (a great read - and there will be bike lanes!).

•   A plan to convert a 1937 Art Deco shopping center "to forgettable generic" is raising Houstonians' hackles.

•   Chicago students scour suburban towns "that aren't generally known for cutting-edge modern architecture" for examples of good mid-century design.

•   University of Colorado students head to South Dakota, launching "an interdisciplinary service-learning project to address a reservation's housing woes."

•   DS+R trumps Foster in "contentious " Aberdeen City Garden competition - not all are pleased (but lots of pix).

•   The first buildings in the $1 billion Brisbane River Waterfront, Newstead project are ready for their close-up: "both buildings reflect contemporary Queensland architecture."

•   Heathcote hails to us from a Balinese resort (lucky him!) and finds "a new language of luxury": it's "seductive, thoughtful...hugely, and enjoyably, theatrical."

•   RIBA's Future Trends survey finds a decrease in female architects and less confidence in future workloads (why are we not surprised?).

•   A New Zealand architect broods over being bamboozled by a bogus competition.

•   One we couldn't resist - it's totally off topic, but totally ticking us off: Arizona bans Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and a whole lot more (could Harry Potter be far behind?!!?).


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