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Today’s News - Monday, November 5, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're b-a-a-c-k!!! But not posting from home base...after hours on the road, we landed late last night in the land of electricity, heat, and running (hot!) water - with hard drive and cats in tow. There is so much to catch up with, and we'll do our's just good to be online again after seven days in the dark and cold...our deepest thanks to all who e-mailed concern and good wishes.

•   Catching up with ArcSpace, with projects in Cleveland, Marrakech, Park City, Utah, and Pittsburgh.

•   A sad, sad day with reports on the passing of and tributes to Lebbeus Woods, Gae Aulenti, and David Resnick.

•   Then there's Hurricane Sandy:

•   Davidson offers a most thoughtful assessment of how New York City "could live with the sea rather than fighting it."

•   Davies delves into a NYSERDA study from a year ago that looked at a scenario similar to Sandy: "It appears the downsides of density exceed its strengths when it comes to natural disasters."

•   An economist looks at the economic impact of the storm: it's "a big wake-up call regarding the region's vulnerability," and "should spark a vigorous debate about how to protect our infrastructure, communities and economy from flooding."

•   One bright piece of news: Sandy spared the first phase of the "Artlantic" public art project in Atlantic City, "part of an effort to transform the city's desolate public spaces."

•   In an excerpt from his forthcoming "Walkable City," Speck explains why, if we really want to stop climate change, it's time to move to the city and start walking.

•   Birnbaum explores the significance of the recent $100 million gift to Central Park, and what that means to urban parks across America: it "places the park and designed landscapes on the same plane with other philanthropic beneficiaries."

•   Badger explains how the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture's "dream to create joint-degree programs in architecture and neuroscience seems not so far off."

•   WSJ names its China Innovator of the Year Award in architecture to an architect who is redefining prefab, designing new buildings meant for earthquake-struck Sichuan province.

•   Kimmelman groks Brooklyn's Barclays Center: the arena itself is (mostly) a winner, but the overall Atlantic Yards project "exemplifies how the city got planning backward."

•   Good news: FLW's Phoenix house saved from the wrecking ball by an anonymous buyer who plans to preserve the "architectural gem."

•   Not-so-good news: Chicago's landmarks commission granted preliminary landmark designation to Goldberg's Prentice hospital, then (2 hours later) revoked landmark status (a convoluted, if depressing, tale well worth reading).

•   Plans to restore Havana's crumbling ballet school "raises architectural-ethical conundrum": "Is Foster going to take over the project, or will it continue to be Garatti's?"

•   Ending on a political note, Badger digs deep into Romney's "murky urban agenda: As Massachusetts governor, he was a believer in smart growth, climate change and mass transit. But the same man may not enter the White House, if he wins."

•   Vote for whoever you wish...but VOTE!!!


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