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Today’s News - Thursday, December 3, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for not posting the last two days - we were in road-warrior mode and, apparently, the technology gods were none too happy...sorry 'bout that!

•   ArcSpace brings us Kiser's take on UNStudio's Arnhem Central Station in The Netherlands (only about 20 years in the making).

•   Venturi and Scott Brown win the 2016 AIA Gold Medal (they're the first pair, and she's the "first living woman" - and only the second woman - to win); LMN Architects takes home the 2016 AIA Architecture Firm Award; and lots more top honors (great presentation).

•   Arch Record names its 2015 Design Vanguard, an international bunch "that are championing new approaches to design and practice" (great presentation, too).

•   Eyefuls of the 2015 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence winners.

•   Betsky offers a most interesting musing on the "changing of the old guard" of starchitects: "Here's to the next avant garde, with fear, loathing, and a great deal of hope."

•   Stott ponders whether "architectural preservationists know what they're fighting for. If architectural preservation is an act of recording history, what matters is not whether a given building is good, but rather whether it is important" (hopefully, "important" and "good" design will "coincide").

•   Altabe has a few issues with Libeskind's "point that architecture needs to be more confrontational" (more than Hadid's and Gehry's - and his own?) - "why can't the signs of turmoil in such buildings be artfully expressed?"

•   Stein reports on an in-depth symposium that explored "the vexed question of authenticity in architecture through the lens of copyright law."

•   Goldhagen digs deep into why The Broad, overall, is such "a disappointment. Its incoherence, its poor urbanism and its unoriginality suggest that the transition from critics to makers may have DS+R stumped."

•   King pulls out all the stops in a fascinating chronicle of the Lucas Museum saga (a fab read!).

•   Kamin reports that Smith + Gill's kilometer-high Jiddah Tower (formerly Kingdom Tower) gets the funding needed to keep it "on track to be world's tallest."

•   Wiles cheers Foster and Aravena as "unlikely allies in the pursuit of real architecture. In a world filled with architexture, it's pleasing to see architects examining their purpose, and finding the edge and role of the real thing."

•   Moore cheers Assemble and its "striking range of projects, including the Turner-shortlisted Granby Four Streets in Liverpool, that resolutely value people not profits. Let's hope they'll soon be planning cities."

•   Campbell-Dollaghan reports on the winning design to transform Singapore's defunct cross-country railroad "into the world's longest High Line" (15 miles long!).

•   American architects have "a steep learning curve to overcome" when it comes to designing to Passive House standards, "but the movement is starting to gain traction."

•   A neglected block of storefronts in Long Beach, CA, get a much-needed - and refreshingly lively - makeover (check out the before/after pix!).

•   Enterprise Community Partners issues "Ready to Respond: Strategies for Multifamily Building Resilience" manual that offers affordable housing owners "retrofit strategies that will help protect and adapt their properties to a variety of climate hazards."

•   Eyefuls of the six shortlisted designs for the Tintagel Castle footbridge: the "proposals show a love of materials and engineering panache."

•   Tuskegee University names alumna Carla Jackson Bell as dean of School of Architecture and Construction Science, "one of two African American women to be named dean of an architecture program and the first to lead a construction science program."

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