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Today’s News - Monday, January 4, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Happy New Year! It's good to be back (we think). Now we have lots of catching up to do...

•   ArcSpace revisits Coop Himmelb(l)au's Dalian International Conference Center, a "small city within a city" in China.

•   Lubell looks at the architecture of 2015 that "has wowed, seduced, and, occasionally, astonished us."

•   Capps eulogizes some of the important buildings we lost in 2015: "Brutalism lost the good fight - a cautionary tale: Haste makes waste."

•   A look at what London has "lost in its race to modernity."

•   A fascinating look at Foster's massive Maspero Triangle megaproject in Cairo that "has locals asking: where do we fit in?" (and an Assemble-like collective hoping, but not all that optimistic, it will include participatory planning).

•   Rome "has a logistical nightmare: juggling ambitious restoration projects with trying to run and update the city - and all without a mayor" + One we couldn't resist: Rome also has to deal with olive-bingeing birds and heavy rain "creating hazardous conditions" on streets and sidewalks.

•   Davidson gives thumbs-up to NYC's new sanitation garage and salt shed, and thanks the celebrities who fought it: "they made it more visible, forcing the city to house a dirty job in the dignity of actual architecture."

•   King is less kind to UC Berkeley's "hulking" new computer lab that, like other Bay Area research and medical buildings, makes an "awkward" neighbor: "State-of-the-art code requirements plus user expectations equal boxes that often seem to land with a thud."

•   A "rebuffed" Hadid looks into similarities between her original and Kuma's new 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium designs (Ito notices similarities, too).

•   Kimmelman explains why architects should think about sound: "it may be invisible, but that doesn't make it any less an architectural material than wood, glass, concrete, stone or light. It is shaped by design" (with sounds to prove it!).

•   A great profile of the Kounkuey Design Initiative that thinks big by designing small, and in the process, "has completed a remarkable number of sustainable projects in its first decade, and increasingly, the international aid community is paying attention."

•   Bernstein on Biederman, "the mastermind behind Bryant Park's rebirth - he's bigger on programming than on landscape architecture," so "it's not surprising that he has complex relationships with landscape architects."

•   A look at some of the Swiss architects going "wild over zoo design - embracing the challenge to make lions, elephants and sea creatures feel at home."

•   Eyefuls of a century-old Spanish church transformed into an insanely-colorful skate park called the Kaos Temple.

•   Wanders considers the debate about whether non-architects should design buildings as "an endless conversation about nothing" (expletives included).

•   Eyefuls of the Krakow Oxygen Home competition winners from Iran, U.K., and U.S.



  


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