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Today’s News - Wednesday, January 2, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: Happy New Year! (Ohhhh...that alarm clock going off was painful this morning!) Now we have some serious (and not so serious) catching up to do...

•   ArcSpace kicks off the New Year with Guarnaccia's retelling of "Three Little Pigs" - only this time they're Gehry, Johnson, and FLW ("the wolf and the readers are in for a surprise").

•   Architects weigh in on school design following the Newtown, CT, shooting: "When someone has the intent to kill, I'm not sure if architecture can solve that problem."

•   It's Hadid vs. design pirates in China: "the race is on to see who can finish first."

•   Kimmelman and Betsky see things very differently when it comes to Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum: "I can't recall seeing a more ridiculous looking building" vs. "its smooth white forms curving up and out, sails with aplomb."

•   Russell gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Foster's Park Ave. tower: it "injects some desperately needed life into the Manhattan commercial high-rise...but it will plunge the mid-block deeper into shadow."

•   Bey reports on plans that "put a jazzy 1950s ex-hospital on the terminal list" in Chicago; there's "some chatter in the preservation community, but not much."

•   Pearman proffers an in-depth look at how the U.K.'s "grocer philanthropist" (a.k.a. the Sainsbury family) has been "an incredibly positive force for good, across the cultural spectrum" + Proof is in the pudding: Foster's Sainsbury Centre is granted grade II* listing.

•   Florida is a big sports fan, but "the outrageous, over-the-top deal for the new Miami Marlins stadium should once and for all end the 'era of publicly funded stadiums'" and the "sweetheart stadium deals help bankrupt cities and counties."

•   Singapore's Asian Civilisations Museum will soon don a new, titanium-clad wing.

•   SCI-Arc is spreading its own wings with a new outdoor gathering space that "is seen as a way for the school to reach out to its arts district neighborhood" (they might want to re-think the moniker "League of Shadows").

•   Webb and Kimmelman pen eloquent tributes: "Johansen was a rose, the last of his generation. And he was left to bloom alone" + "Woods hoped to liberate architecture from its material tethers and encourage everybody who engaged with it to think more boldly and humanely."

•   Iovine, Chan, and Litt offer thoughtful (and sometimes amusing) reviews of 2012, and Hume has high hopes (some cautiously) for 2013.

•   One we couldn't resist: "Urban Trends We Hope Die in 2013."


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