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Today’s News - Friday, July 10, 2009

•   Gruber goes in search of a fourth urbanism: "The same goals do not make Cityism and New Urbanism the same thing."

•   The battle continues over the fate of a New Orleans Art Deco landmark and other historic properties.

•   London's National Gallery director bemoans the "pedestrianization" of Trafalgar Square is "bloody awful" (oh those pesky pedestrians and their pedestrian pursuits of pleasure in a public space!).

•   Hawthorne sees "perhaps a glimmer of hope for embassy architecture" in the new AIA "Design for Diplomacy" report that "challenges the one-size-fits-all mentality."

•   Baillieu and others decry RIBA's choice of a Chinese company as major Stirling Prize sponsor that "undercuts its own members' work" and "smacks of gross hypocrisy."

•   D.C.'s Octagon Building back in AIA hands.

•   A call for San Diego to follow Paris example by commissioning local urbanists, architects, and designers to craft a master vision for the city.

•   Adobe Alliance applies North African earthen building techniques to adobe buildings in the American Southwest.

•   The first peek we've seen of EMBT's Spanish Pavilion for Shanghai Expo 2010.

•   Lots of diversions for a summer weekend: "New Light on No Man's Land" at DAZ is a Dutch landscape architect's vision to transform the Berlin Wall's former no man's land into a giant garden.

•   Heathcote on "Remembering Jan Kaplicky" at London's Design Museum: "You would not want to live in a world built by Kaplicky - but what a wonderful dream"; and the Hayward Gallery unveils "Skystation," a Corbusier-inspired chaise-long for Futurecity seating project.

•   Damon Rich transforms the Panorama of the City of New York into a "bird's-eye view of foreclosure misery."

•   In Chicago, more Burnham, Bennett, and others on view at DePaul University Art Museum.

•   Page turners: Smith's "The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City" is "a revealing and at times fascinating account" of how the plan "reverberates today in cities across the world."

•   Flint's "Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City" does not "shrink from the mixed legacy of Jacobs's efforts" and the "unintended consequence of inspiring rampant community NIMBY-ism."

•   Risen finds Sorkin's vision in "Twenty Minutes in Manhattan" is "refreshingly social-democratic"; the problem: while he "knows what he doesn't like, it's not clear what he would replace it with."

•   Rawsthorn cheers Pullins' "Design Meets Disability" as a "manifesto" challenging designers to use their skills to develop inspiring products for people with disabilities.

•   Cannell on why design documentaries are on a roll: despite being mostly "wrinkly old white men talking about fenestration and foundation walls...designers are, almost without exception, charismatic figures who know how to court the camera" (take that, Johnny Depp!).



  


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