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Today’s News - Thursday, May 21, 2009

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're taking a long Memorial Day weekend beginning tomorrow - we'll be back on Tuesday, May 26.

•   A sad day: we lose Arthur Erickson, the "elder statesmen of world architecture" (though "he was not always diplomatic").

•   Forget bollards and blast walls in Baghdad - use terrorist-proof trees and bushes instead.

•   Merrick muses on Piano's Modern Wing: a "deliberate elegance" that is "so refined that to pass through its glacially cool volumes is like stepping into the ruled lines of a blueprint."

•   A vetty, vetty British day for news: An eyeful of Heatherwick's crinkled stainless steel-clad Aberystwyth arts center.

•   Brussat cheers Prince Charles's RIBA lecture: the "stiletto subtlety of this speech left modern architects with no place to hide."

•   Blueprint's Richardson has no regrets about heckling the Prince: "the deferential silence when 400 architects stood as a mark of respect for the prince was too much to bear."

•   Score one for Rogers: his Maggie's Centre bags top London Building of the Year prize ("why are more modern buildings not as delightful as these?" asks Moore).

•   A long list of 2009 RIBA Awards; Woodman is pleased they're not dominated by arts and civic buildings (we'll know who makes the Stirling shortlist in July).

•   A Detroit Design Center architecture professor combines hip hop ideas with mentoring young African-American students.

•   A Frank fix for the long weekend: Debate about building Wright designs posthumously may be a moot point: FLW Foundation has shut down the program for licensing plans for contemporary use (it doesn't want to "contribute to over-deification of the man").

•   FLW gets Smithsonian magazine treatment (plan to spend some time with this one).

•   His reborn Martin House bringing architecture buffs back to Buffalo.

•   Weekend diversions: Hume offers sneak-peek video tour of Doors Open Toronto.

•   In London, photographs of Italian modernism show off a "magic period for Italian design"; and urban farming takes center stage at the Building Centre.

•   Smash Palladio show lands in Barcelona.

•   In Birmingham, AL, "The Architectural Legacy of TVA" examines the international architects who used TVA's formative years as a way to explore design in the public sphere.

•   In NYC, "Amsterdam/New Amsterdam" explores they city's early Dutch heritage: "the diverse pursuit of commerce and contentment."

•   "The Story of Stuff" video is a "cheerful but brutal assessment of how much Americans waste."


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