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Today’s News - Friday, May 15, 2009

•   Schumacher strolls the Modern Wing: "Don't be fooled by the subtlety of Piano's restrained, light-infused design...He has forged a visual, conceptual and physical connection to the city that is daring"

•   Farrelly finds parts of University of Sydney makeover almost heartbreaking: "an irreversible downhill stumble" with two new buildings "one good, one regrettable; and two new landscapes, ditto."

•   Jenkins jeers the "carbuncle crew": "It is not for the prince to make his peace with architecture. It is for architecture to make its peace with people."

•   Baillieu begs to differ: the prince "came across as an intellectual Luddite" with his rejection of experimentation that "irrationally dismisses our best hope of tackling climate change."

•   Levete is worried about a line in the U.S. financial stimulus documen ("No money is to be spent on beautification"), particularly as "what starts over there usually finds its way over here."

•   Libeskind lands a big one: to masterplan an international business district for Seoul.

•   More bad news for Robin Hood Gardens: it was not successful housing it is of "limited architectural quality" (though some hold on to hope).

•   Calatrava speaks about his "Great White Spiny station" (a.k.a. WTC transit hub): "He juggled questions with ease, balancing the answers on the tip of his nose" (and thinks the recession bodes well for younger designers).

•   Corner, Hargreaves, and Van Valkenburgh speak re: the role of 21st century parks and the need to renew post-industrial landscapes.

•   Weekend diversions: All's Wright with the world: Ouroussoff on "Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward" and the Guggenheim's 50th anniversary: it's "a chaste show... that it puts the emphasis back where it belongs: on the work."

•   Why Wright's architecture wows us still, 50 years after his death.

•   How could we resist: Frank Lloyd Wright, "World Famous ARCHITECT" on "What's My Line?" June 1956 (it is so worth watching!).

•   "Le Grand Paris" plans on view in Paris: "The chances that any of the 10 projects will be realized are dim. To look at them and dream along, however, is fun."

•   "Crossing: Dialogues for Emergency Architecture" showcases 16 ingenuous designs at the National Art Museum of China.

•   Jacobs channels Holzer at the Whitney to fathom why she's her hero.

•   Another Manhattan show examines the intersection and overlap of natural and man-made landscapes, but it's no "Nature equals Good, City equals Bad."

•   Maya Lin's "Storm King Wavefield" is a "puzzle to ponder but also a soul-soothing place of retreat" (even "woodchucks have begun converting a wave into an apartment complex").

•   Neto's "great spicy, gauzy mother" moves into the Park Avenue Armory: an "ethereal construction glows like a magical destination in a children's movie" (great slide show).

•   Page turners: "Oscar Niemeyer Buildings" by Alan Hess: "how quickly modern structures start to look like ancient monuments."

•   Filler finds "Conversations With Frank Gehry" offers worthwhile new information for architecture devotees" (and an occasional revealing response); and Gehry gets more love from "The Simpsons."

•   Pearman reviews two tomes on the Mini, "the original minimalist motor car" by the "only celebrity British car designer there has ever been."


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