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Today’s News - Friday, November 20, 2009

•   We lose the most amazing Jeanne-Claude, who "was much more than simply Christo's muse or manager. Her tenacity was legendary and forbidding."

•   We couldn't resist revisiting our own encounter with The Gates.

•   Maxing out on Maxxi: Woodman calls it "bombastic in the extreme...that addresses its nominal function with such seeming cynicism."

•   Moore x 2 re: Hadid: the Maxxi may be a "bold, demanding and provocative...knottier work, in good ways and bad," but will its "architectural magnificence crumple when faced with the art it is meant to serve"?

•   He also says it's not time for a Hadid backlash: she "was a talented architect before the hoopla of the boom years, and she is still one now" - and her meeting with the Pope is probably "one of the stranger celebrity encounters."

•   Brussat, not surprisingly, has a very different take: "a papal embrace of the likes of Zaha Hadid should cause a global trembling among the faithful," though "faith is not required to fear the ill effect of modern architecture on the spirit of mankind."

•   More swipes and snipes of a different stripe: Corbu's "totalitarian" and "baleful influence" has left many cities "wrecked by architects and planners inspired by his ideas, so why is he "still revered...rather than universally reviled"?

•   Krier thinks the danger of Modernism "is that it thinks it should replace everything else."

•   On a welcome, more positive note, in Australia, landscape architecture is no longer the "parsley on the pig."

•   A park "unlike anything Dallas has ever seen...holds the promise of a maturing city anchored in a vibrant and urbane downtown."

•   Massey offers five ways to change the world with a guide to "how architecture can contribute to social reform."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Russell says MoMA's Bauhaus show "shatters the tidy narrative of industrialized progress constructed by its chief exponents and abetted by historians," letting it "breathe outside the agendas of advocates and skeptics."

•   "Marvels of Modernism" at The Andy Warhol Museum celebrates landscape architects' "experimental and innovative" public and private spaces that, until recently, "have been misunderstood and under appreciated."

•   An eyeful of artists who are using Libeskind's Denver Art Museum as their canvas (so much for the critics claiming it's not architecture for art; perhaps a lesson for the Maxxi?).

•   At 82, the Philippine's own master of modernism Lor Calma showcases a new body of work in Manila.

•   "Architectural Photography: 1860 to the Present," in Hudson, NY, is an impressive display of architect Stan Ries's collection.

•   Page turners: Bernard Tschumi's tome about his farther is "a rigorously and thoroughly historical book...an evocative reminder of the brute power of useful and usable design" (and "a remarkably sweet" homage).

•   "Next Houses" features photogenic, "fine houses to admire, deride or discuss, but hardly places you'd want to live."

•   Dolkart's admirable "The Row House Reborn" explores what's good and sad about NYC brownstone restorations: "replacements are often unconvincing recreations."

•   Meyerowitz offers "a glamorous celebration of NYC's unspoiled open spaces"; and "Mapping New York" is "an intriguing and fanciful overview" of the city's "unceasing mutations" from 1642 to 400 years from now.



  


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