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Today’s News - Tuesday, November 6, 2012

•   Benfield and Epstein ponder whether cities can prepare for the next Sandy: "The good news, if we can call it that, is that some countries and major cities are beginning to get serious in a way that actually strengthens them and makes them more resilient in other ways" (great links to further coverage).

•   Adler revisits MoMA's "Rising Currents" that gave "some clues about what architects might have done to prevent the devastation of Sandy" - and talks to some of the architects involved.

•   NY Mag was displaced by the storm, but it still managed to put out a special Sandy issue (great reporting and phenomenal photography by Baan).

•   Two Iowa cities flooded in '08 are still rebuilding: "Some would argue that a singular, iconic building is missing from the mix," but area architects say otherwise.

•   A most impressive international shortlist for Barangaroo Central master plan in Sydney: "the industry is abuzz with anticipation given the high caliber of teams."

•   A high-roller casino skyscraper is also planned, but what "punters" (i.e. us regular folks) can bet on: a ''world-class national indigenous cultural centre...But where to put it?"

•   An eyeful of the just-released shortlisted designs in the Japan Sport Council National Stadium Design Competition (a most impressive list of finalists).

•   Wainwright talks to CBC about what he found in Mecca, where critics are sounding the alarm over massive development: "when you come out of the Grand Mosque, the first thing you see is Starbucks and McDonald's."

•   Lewis is more optimistic about a new, massive smart-growth development "the size of many American small towns" in Maryland.

•   Freeman is "exhilarated and uplifted" by Kahn's FDR memorial, a "gleaming white vision of serene architectural perfection" - but his joy is soon "replaced by mild depression": "I fear that we are back to the task of instructing a historically illiterate population that has little knowledge of Roosevelt or Eisenhower. They have to be shown" - literally (a most eloquent reflection on the sad state of public architecture).

•   Manchester, U.K., has high hopes for its own High Line along a now-defunct elevated viaduct.

•   Lofty plans to turn dead office space into living housing in the U.K. (and elsewhere?).

•   Active design strategies target one of the nation's most sedentary environments: the office.

•   Denys Lasdun's archive opened to the public for the first time - online.

•   A most enlightening Q&A with Goldberger re: the future of architectural criticism, its responsibility to the public, and why he's not an architect ("The world had enough second rate architects; it didn't need another one").

•   Betsky reports on "Architect-In-Chief" Hadid being named one of Glamour mag's Women of the Year 2012.

•   One we couldn't resist: Brad Pitt's next pit-stop: a furniture collection that includes "tables, chairs, and one rather fantastic bed" (we want one!).


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