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Today’s News - Friday, July 17, 2009

•   A sad day indeed: we lose Julius Shulman, a true master of photography; Hawthorne and Lubell offer up their appreciations (and wonderful slide shows).

•   If NYC's "Greener, Greater Buildings" plan is successful, "it will be the equivalent of making the City of Oakland carbon-neutral."

•   An in-depth look at how cities are "peeling back the pavement" to "daylight" buried urban waterways.

•   Weinstein finds that "innovations in glass technology come with a price - literal as well as artistic" as architects and engineers try to balance aesthetics with performance.

•   Winning the Burnham memorial competition could lead Woodhouse to more lucrative commercial assignments (and his secret life: he's an opera buff).

•   Kamin on the renaming of Sears Tower (now dubbed the Willie - ugh): "Would New York let this happen to the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings?" (very doubtful...we diehards still call MetLife the PanAm Building).

•   Weekend diversions: NYC's Governors Island has turned into an "art island" for the summer (and the ferry ride is free).

•   Hatherley on "The New Monumentality" in Leeds: is it time to revive 1960s British Modernism?

•   "Agents of Change: Civic Idealism and the Making of San Francisco" at SPUR looks at the legacy of top-down planning (it's not the buildings that should be blamed for misguided urban renewal projects).

•   "Radical Nature: Art and architecture for a changing planet" at the Barbican: you'd "have more pleasure and more to learn with less effort from going for a walk in Hyde Park."

•   "Arthur Q. Davis: Legacy of a Modern Architect" at the Ogden Museum offers "a glimpse into the accomplishments of one of the most important architectural style-setters in New Orleans history."

•   Rawsthorn on the V&A's "Telling Tales": it "ignores the modernist goal of making decent products for as many people as possible at the lowest price in favor of unique objects that tell a story."

•   Something to really sink your teeth into: "Baking Architecture" exhibition at Melbourne's State of Design Festival.

•   Page turners: "Resilient Cities" outlines "some less-than-ideal future scenarios if nothing is done" about the energy and climate crises - and offers some options to help create more resilient urban areas.

•   "You Are Here" is a "delightfully lucid book shifting focus from feats of navigation to the design of public spaces."

•   "The Plan of Chicago @ 100" is a call for "us to take responsibility for making the city a beautiful place to live."

•   Just because: Floto+Warner's beautiful portfolio of the High Line.



  


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