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Today’s News - Wednesday, December 19, 2012

•   A tribute to recently-passed Taliesin Fellow Cornelia Brierly, 99 + Q&A with her daughter about her mother's influence on her, growing up in Taliesin, and preserving the legacy of architects.

•   Pogrebin offers a peek at updated renovation plans for the 42nd Street New York Public Library: "something crucial has been missing from this debate: what the transformed library will actually look like" (now we know!); Foster "said he knew better than to desecrate a masterpiece."

•   Davidson dismisses all the dread over the plans: "Now we finally have schematic's wonderful to see intelligent architecture trump panicky rhetoric."

•   Merkel marvels at Ennead's Yale University Art Gallery expansion: "Rare indeed is the renovation of three adjacent buildings" that "allows each component to shine" (great pix).

•   AS+GG to make their first mark on the Manhattan skyline that could be the city's tallest tower.

•   King x 2: West 8 wins Fort Mason ideas competition: "what set apart the team was its varied and often fine-grained approach to the 13-acre enclave."

•   He has mixed feelings about opting for San Francisco's "first new office tower to break ground in more than half a decade," but it leaves the fate of company's 14 acres in Mission Bay "murkier than ever."

•   Badger cheers San Fran for completing the mapping (with annotations) of the city's privately owned public spaces (POPOS in SF, POPS in NYC).

•   Russell hangs out with planner-turned-artist Theaster Gates: the artist's "latest canvas is Chicago neighborhoods given up for dead," creating "an art-driven form of urban development."

•   Benfield is heartened by Nantes, France, a faded industrial city that has reinvented itself so well that the European Union has named it "Green Capital" for 2013.

•   Wainwright is (mostly) heartened by new social housing in Manchester that "sheds the bombast to create practical, robust homes on a budget"; "If you're on a tight budget, don't spend it on bling, but on space," says the architect.

•   Hume continues his harangue about Toronto's Gardiner Expressway: "there are smarter ways to spend half a billion dollars" on restoration - "we should be allowed to see the results of an international ideas competition organized back in 2009."

•   Moore meets up with Wang Shu, "the architect challenging China's obsession with scale"; he's willing to forgo commissions "if the conditions aren't right for him."

•   AIA ABI report indicates the best business conditions for all building sectors since the end of 2007 - of course, if we go over the "fiscal cliff," all bets are off + WSJ reports: "There are few professionals more hopeful for a bright future this holiday season than architects, who are finally starting to see business conditions improve."

•   Hart's New Humanism Part 3: "What do our human origins have to do with the built environment?"

•   AIACC hands out its Achievement Awards to individuals and organizations (our personal heartiest congrats to colleague and dear friend Julie Taylor!).


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