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Today’s News - Wednesday, December 5, 2012

•   Russell takes a long, thoughtful look at building for the next major storm: "Resilience thinking helps us choose solutions that protect us while delivering other benefits that make large investments worthwhile."

•   Huxtable is none too happy about New York Public Library's plans for its 42nd St. landmark, with an eloquent explanation and no mincing of words ("profound ignorance," "willful disregard," and "folly" included).

•   Jacobs puts her "hate on hold" re: Atlantic Yards Barclays Center, and wishes SHoP could transform the master plan "into a sophisticated urban scheme" - then "there could be a reason to stop hating."

•   Schwartz cheers the transformation of a down-and-out neighborhood in Birmingham, Alabama, into "a thriving destination" - and "it's working beautifully."

•   Wainwright x 2: he wanders the shimmering Louvre-Lens, and finds out why the architects "erased all the gallery walls" (great video) + locals say interest in the museum proves the stereotype of an uncultured region is wrong.

•   He spends a pleasant time with Westminster Abbey's architect-in-residence to find out about his "plans to reinvent a cornerstone of British history": "It is unusual for an architect to be so at ease with both modernity and pastiche" (a "delightfully surreal pavilion" included).

•   Brussat, meanwhile, bristles at Wainwright's use of the word "pastiche": it is "the classic modernist sneer at any new traditional work of architecture."

•   Q&A with Daniel Solomon re: his merger with Mithun.

•   Peter Cook pens a heartfelt tribute to Lebbeus Woods: "he irritated the academic bean counters but left audiences wanting more."

•   Brake cheers "landscape architecture's ascendance" and "reclaiming the profession's civic role," which "also points to certain weaknesses in contemporary architecture and planning" (and education).

•   Two thumbs-ups for the new Canal Park in Washington, DC's "mixed-use mecca" called the Yards: it is "a model neighborhood park that has transformed a three-block brownfield into simple yet enchanting space."

•   A touching video interview with 76-year-old landscape architect Shlomo Aronson re: his work in Tel Aviv, and in Jerusalem "with his friend and mentor Lawrence Halprin."

•   Schwartz reports on the continuing saga of Christo's plans for the world's tallest sculpture made of oil barrels outside Abu Dhabi: "No high-level political decision has yet been made" (with pix we haven't seen before).

•   Woodman cheers winners of BD's Architect of the Year Awards 2012, and Young Architect of the Year Coffey Architects: its "beautifully conceived projects show it is a practice to be watched."

•   Six architects and designers take home United States Artists $50,000 Prizes.

•   Call for entries: Citizen Entrepreneurs: Citizen Sandy - ideas for green rebuilding of devastated communities + Deadlines loom for Architizer A+ Awards, and Architectural League/Socrates Sculpture Park's "Folly" design/build competition.


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