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The 2012 laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize is Chinese architect Wang Shu. At only 48 years old, he has designed some two dozen works in China, in a variety of styles. "Wang Shu's architecture is exemplary in its strong sense of cultural continuity and re-invigorated tradition," commented the prize jury, noting the "exceptional nature and quality of his executed work."   (Published 2012.0229)


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As architects, we generally consider how a building meets the ground — in essence, we design a base that holds the building in place. But we seldom have to design this base while traversing a change in grade some 50 feet (15 meters) along nearly 500 feet (150 meters) of a building's length.   (Published 2012.0222)


Building Culture Around the Web

Making an Old Town New — Beijing Review, 2012.0326

Inner-City Youth Learn the Art of Building in Delaware. — Architect's Newspaper, 2012.0326

Former SOM Partner Starts International City Practice. — Architect's Newspaper, 2012.0326

99th Edition of the Armory Show — Metropolis, 2012.0326

Portland Water Bureau Plans Facility Upgrades — Daily Journal of Commerce, 2012.0326

The Science of Quieter Cities — Atlantic Cities, 2012.0326

Swiss Designers of Spas, Tate Modern Follow Le Corbusier — Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2012.0326

Staying on Top of Roof Maintenance Is Job One — Pushing the Building Envelope, 2012.0326

Joshua Prince-Ramus Guest Lectured at NewSchool Event — Archinect Press Release, 2012.0326

Battling the Czech Republic's 'Cowboy Architecture' — Czech Position, 2012.0326

Longtime Architect Succeeds by Catering to Clients — Spokesman-Review, 2012.0325

L.A. Subway Ready for Construction, but Completion Could Be 25 Years Off — Transport Politic, 2012.0325

Wrigley Building's New Owners Plan Restoration — Chicago Tribune, 2012.0325

New Home, Old Heart — Grand Forks Herald, 2012.0324

Melvyn Kaufman, Whimsical Developer, Dies at 87 — New York Times, 2012.0324

48 Hours in Helsinki, 2012 World Design Capital — Reuters, 2012.0323

A Growth Spurt for Tiny House Trend — Chicago Tribune, 2012.0323

Hold That Bridge! This Dilapidated Warehouse Is a Landmark — New York Times, 2012.0323

Turning Historic Buildings into Fine Hotels — MSNBC, 2012.0322

Commuters in Awe of 80th Avenue Train Station — TribLocal, 2012.0322

Myanmar Struggling to Handle New Surge in Visitors — Boston Globe, 2012.0322

Human Rights Watch Urges Protection for Workers Building Abu Dhabi's Louvre, Guggenheim Museum — Washington Post, 2012.0321

Planning Reforms to Come into Force Next Week — Building Design (registration required), 2012.0321

Shuttleworth Says Shard Won't Survive — Building Design (registration required), 2012.0321

A Long Slog Back for Seattle Housing Values — Next American City, 2012.0321

Tech Companies Fill Fringe Office Spots — Wall Street Journal, 2012.0321

SOM City Designers Focus Thinking on World's Urban Water Supply — PRNewswire (Press Release), 2012.0321

Dubai Dreams Again with New Opera and Art Complex — Reuters, 2012.0321

Frank Gehry Defends Eisenhower Memorial Design — Los Angeles Times (Blog), 2012.0321

Australian Reserve Bank Must Look to Architecture in Determining Rates, Says Peddle Thorp Director — Architecture & Design, 2012.0321

New Getty Initiative Aims to Boost Preservation of Modern Architecture — Los Angeles Times (Blog), 2012.0321

U.S. Architecture Billings Flat in February-AIA — Reuters, 2012.0321

Dutch Bookstore Transforms Old Church — Bangstyle, 2012.0321

The Psychology of Sprawl — Next American City, 2012.0321

Somalia National Theatre Reopens after Two Decades — Reuters, 2012.0320

Housing Starts Decline 1.1 Percent in February — NAHB, 2012.0320

Can Baghdad Be Beautiful Again? — CNN, 2012.0320

We Need More Housing Urgently, but Not at Any Cost — Guardian, 2012.0320

Honest Buildings, a Sort of Yelp and Linkedin for Architecture, Launches Today — TreeHugger, 2012.0320

Kensington Palace reopens its doors after £12m revamp — Telegraph, 2012.0320

Animal Head Decor. Do Hunting Trophies Belong in Homes of Non-Hunters? — Mother Nature Network, 2012.0320

Architecture Book Lays Blueprint for Dementia Care — PostMedia News, 2012.0320

UK's First Standardised School Backed by the Design Council — Building Products, 2012.0319

Razing the Roof in Queens — New York Post, 2012.0319

Disrepair of PA Locks & Dams Threaten Failure — Chem.Info, 2012.0319

Arts District Development Creates 38 Three-Story Residences — Los Angeles Downtown News, 2012.0319

How Denver's Buildings Could Be Smarter — Denver Post, 2012.0319

Desert High: Tom Kundig on 1960s-Era Frey House II — Wall Street Journal, 2012.0319

Schooled in Goth: Medieval Architecture Exhibit Focuses on Princeton Itself — Star-Ledger, 2012.0318

A House Helped Make Couple 'Brave' — Houston Chronicle, 2012.0318

In New Office Designs, Room to Roam and to Think — New York Times, 2012.0317

Home Sales Probably Increased in February: U.S. Economy Preview — Bloomberg, 2012.0317

Berlin's Holocaust Memorial at Risk of Crumbling — Reuters, 2012.0316

Charlotte Home Makeovers Take the Prize — Charlotte Observer, 2012.0316

Death of the Man Cave (1992-2012) — Los Angeles Times, 2012.0316

Florida's 'Versailles' Mansion Eats Price Cut — Wall Street Journal, 2012.0316

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Building News Around the Web

Creative Concrete — ArchitectureWeek, 2012.0327

Pierre Cardin to Build Venice Skyscraper — Building Design (registration required), 2012.0326

Covered Walkways at Construction Sites Made from Reusable Shipping Containers — Calgary Herald, 2012.0326

Portland Construction Firm Renovating Its Current Home for Target — Daily Journal of Commerce, 2012.0321

North America's Tallest Wood Building to Be Built in B.C. — Vancouver Sun, 2012.0321

At Prospect Park, a Transformation Is Behind Schedule — New York Times, 2012.0320

U.S. Stock Futures Maintain Losses on Homebuilding Report — San Francisco Chronicle, 2012.0320

Builders Ready for Home Construction Rebound — CNN, 2012.0320

Cutting the Cost — Airport World, 2012.0319

Homebuilding Probably Increased in U.S. To Three-Month High — Bloomberg, 2012.0319

Seismic Design — Metropolis Magazine, 2012.0316

Rogers Stirk Harbour to Bring Sparkle to 'Flatpack' Schools — Building Design (registration required), 2012.0316

Sick Suburbs — The Age, 2012.0315

Copper in Architecture — Business Insider, 2012.0314

Foreclosed Homeowners Inspire Architects to Float Housing Ideas — Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2012.0313

Stalled Projects Revived as Palm Springs Area Economy Improves — Deseret News, 2012.0313

Canadian Home Construction Seen Slowing — Montreal Gazette, 2012.0313

A Luxury Condo Building with Views of the Skyline, and the Prison Next Door — New York Times, 2012.0312

Cameron Announces State-Backed 95% Loans for New Build Homes — Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2012.0312

Highway Neighbors Want Their Homes Taken — Newburyport Daily News, 2012.0312

Underground Eco Park in NYC — Sierra Club, 2012.0311

A Building in the Rough: New York's Diamond District's Shiny New Addition — Wall Street Journal, 2012.0311

Building Block of Monterey Peninsula: Carmel Stone — San Francisco Chronicle, 2012.0311

Are Big Home Builder Stocks Too Hot? — CNBC, 2012.0309

EarthBagBuild, Construction for Jobs and Housing — Core77, 2012.0308

H2O Innovation Awarded CAD$2.8 Million in Contract — Reuters (Press Release), 2012.0308

UN Studio Wins Planning for First UK Project — Building Design (registration required), 2012.0308

Long Road to Library Excellence — Joburg, 2012.0307

How 'Extroverted' Design Can Impact Learning — ArchDaily, 2012.0305

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