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Today’s News - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

•   Chaban outlines in great detail NYC's 5-year secret project to develop perfect disaster housing program: "It's the FEMA trailer of the future, built with the Dwell reader in mind...If only it had been ready a year ago."

•   Checker checks in on Chicken Little, Staten Island, a Ferris wheel, and disorderly development and is more than a bit disappointed: "Events on the North Shore over the past two weeks indicate that Sandy's alarm bells are growing faint indeed."

•   British architects call on the government for a long-term flood strategy - architects included: "we can develop responses here and contribute globally."

•   Benfield cheers a new Massachusetts policy initiative designed to encourage diverse, walkable neighborhoods," and a commitment to build 10,000 multifamily homes each year, which "may turn out to be more significant as an indirect contribution to smart growth than the relatively weak smart growth criteria."

•   Hume is having a really good-news day: his nemesis (in case you hadn't noticed), Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has apparently been given the boot. "Now for the really, really good news: Toronto can finally start to deal with issues that matter."

•   Grabar gives an overview (with lots of informative links) as to how it happened, and cites Berg: the controversial mayor "has not made many friends within the city's community of urban thinkers, designers and practitioners" (or cyclists and pedestrians, for that matter).

•   Oslo is transforming itself into "a safe harbor from Europe's turmoil and a haven for adventurous design."

•   Birnbaum offers an in-depth report on the continuing saga of the thermal burn slowly roasting the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas; even a James Turrell installation "has been declared destroyed" (with pix to prove it).

•   Lifson looks at the ongoing travails of Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago: "Northwestern says it will hold an international design competition to make sure the [new building] is a piece of 'world-class' architecture. Preservationists say they already have one."

•   Hume continues his good mood, spreading laudatory adjectives left and right for Toronto's "spectacular" new Regent Park Aquatic Centre: it is "one of those rare projects where everything comes together without fatal compromise, civic misgivings or any obvious damage inflicted by value's also a powerful statement about the beauty of utility."

•   How Gehry's "paper bag" project for the University of Technology, Sydney will be built from "homely brown bricks, laid by hand," with hopes it will be the city's most distinctive icon since the Opera House.

•   Q&A with Perth-based architect Barcham in Bangalore re: the growing importance of passive-design architecture.

•   Our favorite of the day: LAVA lands a job in the land of the lost: it will transform an old Berlin cabaret theater buried in tons of rubble since 1934 into a cultural center (with luxury apartments, of course) - photos are amazing!

•   Wainwright brings us the "breast of Bath" - a "glowing pink dome constructed from recycled plastic bottles" perched on a grassy hill "like a radiant nipple" to raise awareness for the breast cancer charity Cancerkin.

•   Playground gear is no longer playing it so safe after "decades of dumbed-down playgrounds, fueled by fears of litigation, concerns about injury and worrywart helicopter parents" (and kids love it!).

•   Four 2012 ar+d Emerging Architecture Award winners "capture a spirit of creative resilience."

•   Six firms vie for the chance to revamp Glasgow's George Square.

•   The winner of BD's Small Hotel competition "was praised for its simplicity and honesty" (see Nov. 21 ANN for the shortlisted entries).


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