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Today’s News - Friday, November 30, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for not posting yesterday - stuff happens...

•   Campbell cheers designLAB's transformation of Rudolph's Brutalist library at UMass Dartmouth: it "is going to be one terrific piece of architecture. It's a lesson in mixing the old and the new and getting a result that's better than either."

•   Slatin updates L.A.'s grand Grand Avenue plans: the first, and smallest, component is a "modest" 12-acre park - a "simple start of a bold vision."

•   King is more than a bit concerned about proposal for an arena on San Francisco's Embarcadero: it's "a bundle of good intentions and little more...the most important long-term aspects are being treated almost as afterthoughts."

•   Woodman is cheered by Bole's attack on "pig-ugly" housing in the U.K.: "At last, a minister recognizes that improving design quality is a prerequisite of any dramatic expansion of housing delivery."

•   Dittmar gives his thumb's-up, too: "NIMBYs have a point."

•   Brussat is cheered to finally "see common sense promoted by the nation's top official preservationists"; he's not so cheered by "a building that has slice-and-dice windows and pooper-scooper balconies" in a historic district.

•   Chaban explains the machinations that went into making SHoP's Atlantic Yards prefab tower a reality; it could be "a boon for the entire development industry, particularly on the affordable housing front."

•   An eyeful of Baan's photos of SANAA's "shimmering glass- and metal-clad" Louvre Lens.

•   A new luxury office condominium project in Toronto "will be a masterful combination of six existing heritage buildings complemented by a new contemporary glass tower."

•   Pogrebin reports on revived plans to renovate Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall: it will seek new architectural proposals.

•   Hughes parses the unpaid intern conundrum, "an issue that has bedeviled the industry for decades" ("this profession is known for eating its young").

•   A German architect faces charges in death of L.A. firefighter: he "seemed to worry more about ensuring the luxury home sparkled for an upcoming filming of 'Germany's Next Top Model' than guaranteeing the mansion was safe to occupy."

•   Benfield has nothing but bravos for the 7 winners of the EPA 2012 National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement.

•   Four inducted in the Interior Design Hall of Fame 2012.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Lange lauds Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph": it "offers fairly sophisticated commentary on cities and a plug for activist civic planning."

•   Pratt celebrates its 125-Year history with an exhibition of the top 125 icons created by alumni and faculty.

•   The Hong Kong Art and Design Festival, "DETOUR 2012: Design Renegade," aims "to provoke local residents into rethinking and reclaiming their public space."

•   Rago takes in a new installation in Brooklyn Bridge Park that "engages citizens through varied ways of use including sitting, touching, and playing."

•   Groves is entranced by "Timeless Treasures" on view in L.A. that offers "layered depictions" of past and present icons.

•   The Dirt offers its Top 10 must-have books on landscape architecture, urban design, and ecology.


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