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Today’s News - Friday, January 4, 2013

•   Chakrabarti weighs in on how to move ahead in a post-Sandy world: "Yes, too much of our urban environment is in harm's way. The solution, however, isn't to throw the urban baby out with the bath water of rising seas."

•   A new British study finds school design "can influence a child's development by as much as 25% - positively or negatively" (just in time for the U.K.'s controversial standardized-template plan for new school buildings "with the expressed purpose of reducing the costs of hiring architects").

•   Just when you thought China was bulldozing its architectural heritage, it turns out that "business is booming for buyers, movers, rehabilitators and sellers of old buildings" (though it's "not all smooth sailing for the preservation profiteers").

•   Riwaq's young architects are returning home from foreign studies and work to help preserve Palestine's architectural heritage.

•   Wainwright has high praise for a new South London health center with "big civic ambitions" to be "a beacon for its community. But will it be a model for the future?" (he hopes so).

•   Seattle's new Museum of History & Industry opens in an old waterfront armory that "has moments of breathtaking grace, but it also has kitsch. It's almost as if it knew its better future was as a museum."

•   Q&A with CPG's senior VP of architecture re: the groundwork that went into Singapore's Gardens by the Bay: it "has set the standard for a new generation of garden developments."

•   An update on San Francisco architect Chris Downey, who went blind in 2008, "not a good time to hit the streets looking for work, especially when seeing was not an option."

•   Eyefuls of the Top 14 Buildings Of 2012, "some of the most mind-blowing structures of the last year (some might - or should? - remain on the drawing board).

•   Architecture to watch in 2013 (in two parts): "what cool architecture will make headlines" (just a few surprises).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   "16 Acres" is an "intelligent documentary" about the saga of building at Ground Zero that "brings the personalities and their motivations to vivid life and shows their true colors" (not all of them so pretty).

•   Hatherley expounds eloquently on the history of Modern architecture and photography, which served as "a handmaiden to an architectural culture that no longer has an interest in anything but its own image."

•   Meanwhile, new tomes on Parker and Stoller "invite us to appreciate architectural photography as an art in itself."

•   Photojournalist Obara's "Reset - Beyond Fukushima" is a call for "us to learn our lesson," and "reminds us to brace ourselves for the inevitable tragedies to come."

•   A second coffee table might be needed to hold Phaidon's "20th Century World Architecture," but "it'd be well worth it."


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