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Today’s News - Monday, January 6, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: Happy New Year! It's good to be back. And so much to catch up with after being offline so long...lots of year-in-reviews, previews - and even news - all well worth a look!

•   ArcSpace brings us Meyer's assessment of OMA's towering Shenzhen Stock Exchange, where "people look down onto a sterile ideal city."

•   Wainwright x 2: a thoughtful (and hilarious) "10 New Year's resolutions for architects in 2014: Remember that buildings shouldn't melt things" + Foster's SkyCycle - "elevated bike paths hoisted aloft above railway lines, allowing you to zip through town blissfully liberated from the roads."

•   Russell ruminates ever so eloquently on the good (there was/will be some), the bad ("a cabal of architecture-school dropouts pumping out slum towers of the future"), and the ugly ("we've trashed theatricality for a moralistic austerity") that came and are coming our way.

•   Iovine finds a silver lining in austerity: "the best new buildings still had to hold to tight budgets - with an emphasis on being smart over being edgy."

•   Hawthorne x 2: he cheers a new L.A. identity taking shape in "an urban reawakening" that is entering "new civic territory" + His "Best of 2013" - in tweet form.

•   Anderton outlines 10 ways L.A. is "witnessing a region not only grow but actually change character."

•   Kimmelman calls for more "oversight of New York's lordly towers...that dwarf their neighbors, sometimes elegantly but too often not"; the dilemma: "taste is tricky to legislate."

•   Chaban reports on the MAS "Accidental Skyline" report that illustrates how mega-thin, mega-tall skyscrapers being built along Manhattan's West 57th Street "are turning Central Park into Central Dark."

•   Samton says "it is time to rethink the effects of super-tall buildings on our open spaces - a crucial issue that until now has been all but ignored."

•   Heneghan Peng rises to the top of the shortlist to design the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow.

•   The shortlist to master plan the University of Connecticut's Storrs campus is narrowed down to three.

•   Kennicott reports on the three teams shortlisted to design the renovation of Washington, DC's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, with high hopes it will become a "knock-your-socks-off" site.

•   Ingels in the spotlight: is he "an architect for a moment or an era?"

•   NRDC's report "The Green Edge: How Commercial Property Investment in Green Infrastructure Creates Value" is another useful tool for your sustainability toolbox.

•   One we couldn't resist: another thoughtful (and amusing) list: "Urbanist Buzzwords to Rethink in 2014."

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