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Today’s News - Friday, March 12, 2010

•   Two calls for Vancouver to take its "under-used architectural gem" (even though leaky) Robson Square seriously, and leave the Vancouver Art Gallery where it is.

•   A discussion with Scottish architects who are shaping the country's school buildings of the future.

•   Maki's Media Lab for MIT: "one cannot deny that he has created a work of art" (while avoiding "some of the pitfalls encountered by Gehry's Stata Center").

•   Glancey celebrates the London Eye on its 10th anniversary: despite its "wobbly beginnings," it "was always a brave and daring adventure."

•   Zandberg has a chat with Diller: she "may have succeeded in breaking through her own private glass ceiling," and "gender is not a major issue for her...her work is apparently not enough of an anomaly to lead her beyond the conventional realm, to undertake projects in places where people are needier or hungrier."

•   FLW's Beth Sholom synagogue "still glimmers - leaks and all" (great video trailer).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Huxtable contemplates the Guggenheim's "Contemplating the Void": "with everything from the inspired to the outrageous to the totally incomprehensible, but what one senses immediately is that everyone had a great deal of fun."

•   Betsky finds Seghal's actual void "better than anything else" all those artists, architects, and designers "managed to devise," giving him "the most exhilarating experiences of architecture I have had all year."

•   You can own a piece of the "Void" via an online benefit auction through March 18.

•   At NYC's Storefront for Art and Architecture, designers tackle the coming apocalypse in "a delicious exercise in paranoia, blending design and Outbreak-style sci-fi."

•   NYPD reassures New Yorkers that Gormley's figures on Midtown Manhattan rooftops "are not despondent people on the verge of leaping to their deaths."

•   Langdon on Saarinen showcase at Yale: "The buildings he gave us are among the most fascinating of their time. This show gives them the attention they deserve."

•   Ouroussoff reports from Paris re: "Claude Parent: Graphic and Built Works": a "marvelous exhibition" that re-establishes the architect "as a pivotal force in European architecture after decades of neglect by the design mainstream."

•   Hadid on view in Bahrain.

•   Trento, Italy, has one-upped Manhattan's High Line, reclaiming two tunnels through the Dolomite Mountains "as an experimental history museum - and a fascinating example of the reuse of abandoned infrastructure."

•   "Architecture and Vision: from Pyramids to Spacecraft" in Minneapolis includes an inflatable space station for conducting experiments on the moon.

•   In Dublin, "This, and other things 1999-2010" offers Tallantire's "understated, graceful art" that "explores the relationship between working people and the infrastructure that surrounds them."

•   The Lautner show, now in Palm Springs, "persuasively makes a case for the architect's unique brilliance."

•   In L.A., an Italian photographer puts herself into Neutra and Lautner homes.

•   Gayford has a grand time at the V&A's "Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill": "Admittedly, he was eccentric - but his eccentricity was actually in the grand tradition of British imaginative quirkiness."

•   "Bathing Beauties" beach huts on view in Scarborough, U.K.

•   Kennicott is none to kind to "The Art of the Steal": the film is "hostile and has an agenda...There is another side that needs to be heard, and the truth of the larger Barnes drama lies between them."

•   And for your amusement: a Friday afternoon time-lapse video fix (Gehry, Trump Chicago, modular mansions, and then some).


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