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Today’s News - Wednesday, November 21, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're taking a Thanksgiving break for the rest of this week - with much to be thankful for: family, friends, colleagues - and you, dear readers. We'll be back Monday, November 26...

•   Kimmelman gives thoughtful consideration to what's next in a post-Sandy world: it will be "a test of civic unity. Our relationship to the water can't stay the same, and at the same time the city is not worth saving if it sacrifices its principles and humanity" - time to heed the Australians' mantra (your must-read of the day!).

•   McDonald cheers Belfast's "architectural renaissance," but bemoans "the immense damage done to the fabric of tight urban neighborhoods...hacked through by roads engineers. It's not a place for the faint-hearted, particularly cyclists and pedestrians. In fact, it's not a 'place' at all."

•   Perhaps those roads engineers should be required to read Speck's "Walkable City," a "delightful, insightful, irreverent work designed to knock us out of complacency and make us aware of the simple but real possibilities."

•   Ulam offers an in-depth look at how some "contemporary landscape interventions are transforming mid-century buildings and plazas to address their urbanistic failings."

•   Spiegelman proffers one of the best descriptions we've read about the "Dickensian" saga still swirling around Dallas's Nasher Sculpture Center and its shiny new neighbor involving light, heat and shadows (including a "bizarre plan" by Prince-Ramus!).

•   Long, for the most part, likes what he sees happening at London's Borough Market: "The place is event retail, a coming-together of luxury, the history of the capital and a still-spontaneous street life that is rare in central London today."

•   Hyde gives a high-five to an inner-Sydney youth center: "this is a space that respects the intelligence and humanity of the people who will use it."

•   A slide-show essay re: Gorlin's affordable (and prefabricated) townhouses in East New York.

•   An eyeful of hidden urban retreats - "nifty little houses tucked away in corners, on roofs, and slipped into the spaces between buildings."

•   Goldberger's Scully Prize lecture tackled "Architectural Criticism in the Age of Twitter" and "whether it makes any real difference in public discourse. He says it does 'truly shape the city.'"

•   Good news on the architecture billings front: "All regions reporting positive business conditions," though "we'll have a few more bumps before we enter a full-blown expansion."

•   Roudavski of the University of Melbourne ponders the future of architectural education: it will require "systematic forays into the unknown. These journeys outside disciplinary comfort zones need to be consciously encouraged by the architectural community."

•   UCLA A.UD seems to be taking the idea to heart, lining up Gehry, Lynn, and Mayne for its new IDEAS platform "to encourage research collaboration with industry."

•   Eyefuls of the finalists in BD's competition to design a budget hotel room that show "how innovative design has the potential to transform this sector."

•   Call for entries/ proposals: LA Forum Summer 2013 exhibitions and installations that provoke discourse on contemporary architecture and urban design.

•   In Edinburgh, the first RSA Architecture Open exhibition of project renderings by a slew of Scottish architects (Dunlop tells us it's a "straight fight between good and evil, pen and computer. Hand or machine" - cool!).

•   Welton takes a second look at Stone: "much of his work - ornamental, a little swaggering and absolutely American - lives on," and Hunting "has captured much of it in her new book, 'Edward Durell Stone, Modernism's Populist Architect.'"


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