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Today’s News - Monday, November 26, 2012

•   ArcSpace brings us luscious eyefuls of Hadid's Broad Art Museum at MSU.

•   Still parsing the Superstorm: Lewis ponders the "cruel housing lessons of Hurricane Sandy" and "the perilous consequences of continuing risky real estate behavior" if we don't develop rational policies about what gets built where.

•   Strauss and Kopp offer "two basic ways to protect ourselves from sea level rise"; the depressing part: "We have lost our chance for complete prevention."

•   No less depressing is Atlas's take: "there's a good chance that New York City will sink beneath the sea" (with a little Freud and lots of literary references - quite poetic if it weren't so gloomy, but well worth reading).

•   Hume on how Toronto's building boom is taking its toll, leaving "residents feeling crabby and stressed out. Perhaps that's why NIMBYism has lurched out of control."

•   Ransford has a different take on NIMBYism in Vancouver: "Planners now need to know how to use innovative public engagement strategies that bring people from diverse neighborhoods to the table and allow them to collaborate."

•   Farrelly channels Vidler re: architectural theory: in its absence, "other exigencies - digital parametrics or dumb-ass bean-counting - dominate, and we end up with a world that looks like it was designed by bored, cyber-addicted project managers."

•   Rochon meanders Mumbai and finds multiple meanings of "home": the "impoverished population scrambles to make do, often with elegance, grace and innovation."

•   In New Zealand, the Registered Architects Board minced no words about a court decision to let real estate agents describe homes as "architecturally designed" - even if not designed by registered professionals: the decision is "dangerous and illogical. Strangely, they've gone and flipped around and said, 'You're an architect unless your building falls down' - and that's crackpot."

•   Hawthorne makes his way along Orange County's Harbor Boulevard: it "has lessons to offer that have as much to do with urban design as politics...protest can open up new ways of looking at our streets."

•   Maltzan will make his mark on Winnipeg, winning the star-studded competition to design the city's "next iconic building," the Inuit Art and Learning Centre.

•   Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge names 20 finalists from 305 city entries going for $9 million (link to great presentations).

•   An eyeful of the shortlisted designs for a new King's Road café near the Saatchi Gallery in London (some are very cool!).

•   Six finalists picked in the Helsinki Central Library (lots of images, but only entry names and pseudonyms offered - harrumph!).

•   Heathcote heaves high praise on Kahn's FDR Memorial: "It is a mesmeric design...a genuinely civic space, a place for the city: calm, exquisitely realized, open and generous."

•   Saffron cheers the revamp of a Venturi and Scott Brown "decorated shed" into Drexel's new design school that turned "the plain vanilla, open-plan floors into a mind-blowing, Escher-inspired puzzle space."

•   The architectural and cultural face of Chicago's North Shore is about to be changed forever with a new Writers' Theatre by Studio Gang, or so the "fascinating renderings" indicate (though only one is shown).

•   Christo has towering plans (made of oil drums) in Abu Dhabi sands, with claims it will be the world's biggest (and most expensive) permanent sculpture (no word yet on who will design the requisite "luxury hotel" nearby).

•   Chen profiles the architect heading Columbia Univ. GSAPP's Studio-X Beijing, who is leading "a new breed of home-grown architects...we only hope to see more groundbreaking designs to come, creating skylines that they can call their own."

•   Landesman announces his retirement from the NEA (with a good dose of rightful pride - and sense of humor).


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