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Today’s News - Friday, November 6, 2009

•   Mincing no words re: Auckland's failed Queens Wharf competition: "the heavyweights of the architectural world who couldn't resist entering the fatally flawed competition" should have known better.

•   Is there a Guggenheim Bilbao, Jr. in the stars for northern Spain?

•   Hadid addition to Philip Johnson's Sheldon Museum of Art could be in the stars - "if fundraising for the expansion is successful."

•   Saffron bemoans the probable loss of Philly's art deco steam plant: "yet another emblem of the city's industrial might vanish."

•   Better news for the city's 24-acre Penn Park: it's actually going to break ground, "replacing bland asphalt lots and an old industrial ugly for pretty."

•   Goldhagen writes a rhapsody to the "uncanny beauty of Zumthor's out-of-the-way buildings."

•   Spanking new Connecticut Science Center wants back the $10 million it cost to fix problems (finger pointing abounds).

•   Ralph Lauren endows Yale with a permanent professorship in honor of Charles Gwathmey.

•   WAF Awards for the best buildings in the world (great presentation).

•   BD hands out lots of awards, including Architect of the Year and Young Architect of the Year Awards (also well presented).

•   Weekend diversions (and lots of 'em!):

•   LightMappingNYC: a week of nighttime walks to underscore the vital role of lighting in New York City.

•   Ouroussoff finds MoMA's "Bauhaus" an "unexpected treat" that "allows you to glimpse just how wild that creative roller coaster really was" (and it will haunt you long after you leave the show).

•   Kennicott and Lewis both give thumbs-up to National "House of Cars," the National Building Museum's "fascinating and comprehensive" exhibition that proves "parking garages do not have to be ugly or scary."

•   Daniell on "Archi-neering Design," a show traveling around Japan that proves "it makes no sense to hold on to the conventional distinction of the architect as creative visionary and the engineer as supporting consultant."

•   "Power and Domesticity: The Architectural Legacy of TVA" in Clarksville, TN, captures "the poetry of TVA's architectural and aesthetic commitment."

•   In Atlanta, "John Portman, Art and Architecture" is "both fitting and ironic" when many architects are feeling the sting of recession.

•   Kennicott's take on "Visual Acoustics," the Julius Shulman documentary, "makes for a fascinating primer in modern architecture, Los Angeles culture and the meaning of a well-lived life."

•   "Of Dreams and Cities" film series in London: a welcome relief from the usual suspects like "Blade Runner" and "Metropolis."

•   Page turners: Minton's "Ground Control" will "make anyone who cares about the future of British cities very angry indeed."

•   Baker's "The Freedoms of Suburbia" is "an intriguing defense," though ultimately its arguments "are not persuasive."

•   Hagberg's "Dark Nostalgia" has a sense of "Film Noirish chiaroscuro as it tracks the recent obsession with old chandeliers and red-flocked wallpaper."


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