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Today’s News - Friday, June 5, 2009

•   Weinstein reviews a "subversive book every architect needs."

•   Gehry's out, Ellerbe Becket's in for Atlantic Yards' Nets Arena (though the master retains master planner title).

•   Stern heads to Oxford to end a competition deadlock over whether to choose a modern or classical architect (which will the "modern traditionalist" pick, we wonder).

•   Glancey bemoans a "bland serving of spectacle": the "less we make, the more museums we build, so that we can gurn at what we are no longer capable of making."

•   Ouroussoff finds mostly marvels (and a few shortfalls) in Mayne's new Cooper Union building that proves "a brash, rebellious attitude can be a legitimate form of civic pride."

•   Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop to make their debut Down Under.

•   Fast Company's Fast Cities 2009, where "exemplary initiatives are improving neighborhoods, transforming lives, and helping build better, faster cities for the future": an interesting mix; Seattle takes City of the Year.

•   Ando's Venetian adventure: "a cool 21st-century gallery space" in a 17th-century customs building (with a few awkward moments).

•   Belgium opens two new museums: a surreal house for Magritte in Brussels, and de Portzamparc's "flat spaceship" for Tintin lands in a green field (worth checking out links for images).

•   On view in La Jolla, 9 San Diego designers make their mark by redefining housing, development, and urban design.

•   In Philadelphia, the Center for Architecture serves up banal rest stops that have been transformed into astonishing landmarks in Norway.

•   U.S.S. Enterprise lands at the Franklin Institute: "make sure your transporter is in working order" (o.k., so it's not all that architectural, but we're ready to beam up).

•   "Hydrospatial City" lands in Houston (lots of pix).

•   Page turners: Two tomes on Caruso St John "dissect the work of an extraordinarily remarkable practice."

•   Isozaki on Isozaki "is a true tour de force."

•   "Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count" (how could we resist a title like that?!!?).

•   Two we couldn't resist: 5-foot bunny-shaped trash cans in London's future? (toss something in and its "tall, perky ears beam on" - we want one!); and an eyeful of Zaha's boots for Lacoste (we'll pass on this one, but her design statement is worth a read - or not).


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