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Today’s News - Friday, May 8, 2009

•   Hopeful signs in architecture field (in Charlotte, anyway).

•   Inverness heritage group warns the city "in grave danger of becoming an 'identikit' city" with the spread of "characterless buildings" (design review panel a temporary victim of construction downturn doesn't help things).

•   Eyefuls of model cities: real, unrealized, and potential spaces.

•   Is Prince Charles ready to bury hatchet with Modernist architects, and extend a conciliatory hand at his RIBA speech next Tuesday?

•   Sagharchi says the Prince is right to stick up for up for the general public, and take on "an architectural closed shop dominated by modernists" and their "we know best" attitude.

•   Hume has high hopes for the "all-encompassing approach" to revitalizing Toronto's Lower Don Lands (a good dose of patience required).

•   In Brooklyn, high hopes foreclosed condo could be transformed into affordable housing; a possible blueprint/trend for other stalled developments.

•   Prefab and green: "i-house" is "about as far removed from a mobile home as an iPod from a record player."

•   Jones's ode to the Chrysler Building: "a monument to a lost age" and "the most sublime building in Manhattan."

•   Hodges' ode to Detroit's Guardian Building on its 80th birthday: it's "exotic, playful, majestic and utterly over-the-top...the architectural equivalent of Aretha's hat."

•   Arieff is totally taken with the work of inventor/author/cartoonist/former urban planner: "a sort of R. Crumb meets R. Buckminster Fuller" (and pix that prove it).

•   Winners all: Global Holcim Awards 2009: four impressive winners; ditto for the 19 IALD International Lighting Design Award winners.

•   Lots of weekend diversions: L.A.'s A+D Museum celebrates its new (unfinished) home with a pop-up exhibition (we look forward to seeing the Meier/Gensler pro bono design).

•   MoMA's "In Situ: Architecture and Landscape" raises some troubling questions (alas, no answers).

•   Also in Manhattan, "Santiago Calatrava: World Trade Center Transportation Hub"; and American architecture's best-kept secret: FLW's Florida Southern College.

•   A good reason to head to Brooklyn this weekend: 7th annual Bklyn Designs.

•   LOT-EK's Puma City mobile shipping-container pavilion lands on Boston's waterfront.

•   Documentary "Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman" explores the monumental career of 98-year-old photographer (and Dustin Hoffman narrates!).

•   Page turners: "Writings on Architecture" by Paul Rudolph: "a pleasure to read the words of an architect so obviously passionate about architecture"; and Hume on "A Progressive Traditionalist: John M. Lyle, Architect": few architects "were more strongly committed to the idea of capital 'A' architecture."


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