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Today’s News - Friday, February 20, 2009

•   Campbell pays tribute to Flansburgh, dedicated to Modernism and Cornell.

•   We also lose Rand, the master photographer who cataloged L.A. architectural history (a terrific slide show to prove it).

•   A number of colleagues pay tribute to Max Bond.

•   Sad/bad news doesn't stop there: "It's a bloodbath" for the profession in the U.K.; and AIA's ABI falls to an all-time low.

•   Does the stimulus bill offer any good news for architects in New York and California?

•   Hume looks for a silver lining: "the death of the growth-at-any-cost economy could be one of the best things to happen to Toronto and Canada."

•   Moore and Glancey bemoan the chances of an important Olympic legacy "now looking very out-of-date" - and offer suggestions to make it better.

•   A spirited discussion among Las Vegas architects and urbanists about building a better city; and the D.C. anti-Modernist who wants to transform the Strip.

•   Q&A with L.A. city planners discussing new downtown standards.

•   Another riposte to Greer's dis of Dubai: Germaine - get off the bus and look around.

•   Ouroussoff and Lacayo cheer Alice Tully Hall/Julliard make-over, "flush with new life," and "ingeniously reconfigured."

•   Hodges offers a video tour of Detroit's "ugly-beautiful manufacturing landmarks."

•   Weekend diversions: "Last Call for Planet Earth," a documentary travels the globe to find 12 leaders in sustainable design.

•   Medieval architecture inspires zero-carbon home.

•   King finds J. Mayer H. show at SFMOMA "catnip" for those who see architecture as another realm of modern art, but "it doesn't go far enough."

•   Q&A with Benjamin Godsill and Jiang Jun re: "Urban China: Informal Cities" at the New Museum.

•   Corbu continued: Pearman includes Palladio: "how delightful to find you both in London."

•   Architect and writer Guy Booth argues that Corbu's "legacy was monstrous," creating not much more than "concrete carbuncles."

•   A visit to the "futuristic rot that was once the seminary of St Peter's... among the sorriest remnants of Britain's brief and ambiguous romance with modernism."

•   An eyeful of Corbu's own interior at Cabanon (reconstructed in London).


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