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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 22, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for late posting today (and no post yesterday)...power has been sparse (ironically, to install a generator!).

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of BIG's big project in Coconut Grove, Kuma's experimental house in Japan, and a new urban resort in Ljubljana's historic center (lots of interesting archeological finds included).

•   Now for some post-inaugural buzz: Levinson takes a long (and most thoughtful) look at the connections between climate change, public works, urban design, campaign finance, and a ramped up political agenda for design (with "Rising Currents" thrown in for good measure).

•   Phil Bernstein explains how "design and economics are wholly intertwined" (with kudos to NYC's Archtober and Beijing Design Week).

•   AIA chief economist Baker looks at what Obama's reelection means for the construction industry (it could go either way).

•   Lubell reports that Yamasaki's midcentury Century Plaza Hotel in L.A. won't, as many feared, be biting the dust any time soon.

•   Menking cheers "a positive - if tentative step - towards preservation" of Johansen's Mummers Theater in Oklahoma City.

•   Friedberg's Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis is now listed on National Register of Historic Places: "a moral victory" for preservations, but litigation will continue.

•   Rochon has nothing but raves for Thunder Bay's revitalized waterfront, especially with a project that declares "aboriginal culture matters...finally expressed in a beautiful narrative."

•   Filler fixes on Snøhetta's "unquestionably gifted team" - but suggests they should realize that "in the rough-and-tumble world of architecture there can be such a thing as being too nice for your own good."

•   McAslan wins competition to revamp Glasgow's George Square - only to find out the project has been "scrapped."

•   Litt learns about four designs vying to be Kent State's new College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

•   Wainwright has high hopes for Bristol's architect/mayor Ferguson, who has big plans for his city to be a "laboratory for change - I'm going to be intolerant of bad architecture."

•   Kolson Hurley reports on University of Minnesota's new program to put architecture students on the road to licensure in about half the time it takes now.

•   BMW Guggenheim Lab announces winners of its Mumbai Urban Design Competition.

•   Hadid heads to DLD 2013, and takes home the Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership, which honors women of outstanding entrepreneurial and creative achievement.

•   Two we couldn't resist: Wainwright's ode to Formica on its 100th anniversary: "The brave new seamless surface of the future is officially an antique" (great slide show) + An eyeful of Niemeyer's rarely seen Communist Party HQ in Paris.



  


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