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Today’s News - Monday, December 3, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: Early morning travel plans means we will not be posting tomorrow, but will return Wednesday, December 5.

•   We are delighted to introduce ArcSpace's new look and new alliance with the Danish Architecture Center (DAC)! Editor-in-Chief Kirsten Kiser remains at its helm (and ANN remains its source for daily headlines). Do check it out!

•   Kimmelman comes home from earthquake-devastated L'Aquila, Italy, with "a cautionary tale for New York, post-Hurricane Sandy."

•   Moore minces no words about what he thinks of the "high-rise craze ruining London's skyline": "Towers can be beautiful...but what we are getting now are mostly units of speculation stacked high, garnished with developers' ego."

•   NYC unveils Norten's towering plans for the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District (and then some).

•   Saffron takes on a not-much-discussed trend outside of Philly: "compact small towns are starting to sample from the same demographic pot" as the city with walkable, culture-filled neighborhoods.

•   Hume is somewhat heartened that Grumbach came to Toronto to check out plans for a new underground LRT; the French planner doesn't think it's such a good idea (neither does Hume).

•   de Monchaux offers an in-depth and eloquent critique of the "rise and fall (and perhaps, rise again) of U.S. embassy architecture."

•   What proves his optimism is the U.S. Department of State's just-released shortlists of teams for "worldwide new construction A/E design services" and "worldwide major rehabilitation/renovation A/E design services" (definitely not your same-old same olds!).

•   Bullivant cheers BSI Swiss Architectural Award winners Benitez, Kéré, Studio Mumbai, "selected for both the originality of the process from which their projects were created as well as their quality."

•   Q&A with Bohlin re: his Newport Beach Civic Center project as the "'Taj Mahal of Newport' begins big reveal."

•   The big reveal of new Seattle arena design is "not exactly a slam-dunk" (as in "underwhelming" to some).

•   UC Davis puts three teams on shortlist to design its new art museum (some surprises - we're impressed!).

•   Russell gets the skinny on why celebrity architecture "is the last frontier" for the lifestyle renter...they are willing to pay for beauty."

•   Libeskind shares his favorite innovations from the last 25 years, and his predictions for the next 25.

•   Benfield is ebullient about the "coolest green infrastructure you are likely to see" (despite its awkward name).

•   An eyeful of the "coolest condo towers going up in Toronto" (we question the cool factor of a few).

•   One we couldn't resist: a delightful round-up of what to do when in Cape Town (penguins included).



  


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