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Today’s News - Friday, October 30, 2009

•   Weinstein cheers "Gunnar Birkerts: Metaphoric Modernist": a major architect in the history of Modernism finally receives recognition.

•   California architects (and elsewhere, we're sure) grapple with underbidding - and even working for free - to get jobs.

•   Long says the idea of building "a stupidly large sculpture" in East London's Olympic Park "proves how little we know about public space."

•   Does too much consultation inhibit great architecture? Yes, says Alex Lifschutz/Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands; no says Anna Minton (sort of).

•   Brussat wonders who killed the American Renaissance in architecture (literally and figuratively); it could be headed for a revival if "wrongheaded thinking" architects would stop putting "innovation ahead of beauty as the primary aesthetic purpose of architecture."

•   Glancey challenges Traditional Architecture Group (TAG) survey re: the public's preference for "traditional" over "modern" architecture: "Better modern butter than traditional margarine."

•   Q&A with Chipperfield re: museums and cemeteries (he's also lost his 2001 win to design British Film Institute center).

•   Holl's Linked Hybrid wins CTBUH 2009 Best Tall Building Overall.

•   Kamin cheers AIA Chicago winners (which include the now "moot Olympic plan").

•   AIA picks some interesting applied research projects for 2009 Upjohn Research Initiative grants.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   A long over-due Zeev Rechter retrospective in Tel Aviv puts the spotlight on "one of the harbingers of Modernism in Israel."

•   In NYC, Matthew Ritchie teams up with Arup and Aranda/Lasch for his new solo show.

•   Ben Thompson's Design Research returns to its Boston digs - to be enjoyed from the sidewalk only.

•   Page turners: "The Secret Life of Buildings" is "beautifully written,' reveling in "buildings steeped in improbable histories."

•   "Louis I. Kahn's Jewish Architecture" is a "welcome new book" that takes "a different approach to the work of one of the modern movement's undisputed masters.

•   "The Bauhaus Group: Six Masters of Modernism" is "filled with well-turned anecdotes and blissfully free from art-historical jargon."

•   In London, a month-long film series explores "Of Dreams and Cities - Architecture in Film."

•   It's Halloween, so how could we resist: an eyeful of extreme jack-o-lanterns (someone has too much time on their hands); and Wal-Mart is now selling coffins online (just in time for yard decor?).


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