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Today’s News - Thursday, December 20, 2012

•   Maxwell pays tribute to his old friend, architect and critic Colquhoun, who was "an authority on architecture, but one who, having practiced it, really knew what he was talking about."

•   Brussat hands it to Niemeyer for having been "the world's oldest active modernist architect. Alas, his buildings survive him."

•   Russell and Bernstein weigh in on Foster's plans for the NYPL: the architect "said he was still studying the ceiling and walls. I hope so"; the plan "has been called renderings don't help its case."

•   Rosenbaum notices something missing in the Met Museum's final plaza renovation design: "two minor structures by a major architect" (added bonus: video of fab street singers!).

•   ULI's new report, "Shifting Suburbs," focuses on "the growing trend for suburbs to be redesigned and redeveloped to be more people-oriented than car-dependent."

•   Bentley reports on a green infrastructure project in Chicago that "should have the ear not just of eco-friendly city planners, but of budget-conscious politicians as well."

•   Q&A with Speck re: the importance of walkability for ailing cities: "We're gonna keep losing this argument as long as it's some sort of moralistic hair shirt to ride a bike or walk" (zombies included).

•   Kent gives (almost) two thumbs-ups to Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church's new Gratz Center: it is "a brave, unapologetically contemporary piece of architecture" that plays well with its historic neighbor.

•   'Tis the season of Top 10's of the year; our favorite: Top 10 Architecture Controversies (meows included).

•   Hill takes a look back at events, projects, and passings - and what we have to look forward to next year.

•   Birnbaum proffers this year's notable developments in landscape architecture.

•   Top 10 news stories from across the Big Pond and Down Under.

•   Final two entries in this year's Fairy Tale Architecture: "The Little Match Girl" and "Monkey King."

•   Of note (but sadly behind a paywall), Zandberg reports that Rafi Segal has been "unceremoniously booted out" after winning the competition to design Israel's National Library: "There is enough material here for a dissertation, or a soap opera" (it boils down to a rather bizarre-sounding "copyright spat").


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