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Today’s News - Friday, March 26, 2010

•   Weinstein cheers a new collection of Robert Gutman essays that "pose the kinds of tough-minded questions needed now to keep architectural professionals on-track."

•   Kennicott on Gehry's Eisenhower memorial design: "a mix of traditional and contemporary elements, but none of them scream Frank Gehry."

•   Piano (finally) gets the go-ahead for controversial City Gate project in Valletta, Malta (it's only taken 20+ years).

•   San Diego (finally) moving ahead with new federal courthouse by Meier "after two decades' worth of stops and starts."

•   Steven Ehrlich's iconic new entry for Nigeria's capital is "a soaring abstract form" (and pix to prove it).

•   Libeskind "was bubbling with bonhomie" at the opening of his new Dublin theater (great pix).

•   Hume cheers the transformation of 1800s castle-like jail and courthouse into hub for a suburban community: "In the endless homogeneity of suburbia, this stands out."

•   Two Swedish architects work with shantytown residents in Pune, India; the "experiment in 'design by consensus' is leading to better blueprints."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Ouroussoff dips his toe into MoMA's "Rising Currents" and is (mostly) impressed by what he sees.

•   Rawsthorn ruminates on the "@" becoming part of MoMA's architecture and design collection: "That's as good as it gets in the design world" (and it didn't cost a nickel).

•   MCNY's "Cars, Culture and the City" explores how NYC "gave the auto industry a stylishness it could not have found anywhere else."

•   Pratt's "Envelopes" explores sustainable architecture inspired by biologist Jacob von Uexküll.

•   Washington, D.C. "isn't exactly a hotbed for new design," but Industry Gallery could change that.

•   Venturi and Scott Brown's Las Vegas road show now parked at MOCA Pacific Design Center in L.A.

•   "The Essence of Things" at VitraHaus is an extra incentive to travel to Weil am Rhein, Germany.

•   The 15th Architectural Biennial of Macedonia shows off contemporary architecture in Slovenia (great pix).

•   Makovsky sits down with MIT's Mitchell to talk about "Reinventing the Automobile" and how to make urban mobility more sustainable.

•   May's "Buildings without Architects" is "a knowledgeable and encompassing" guide to vernacular architecture.

•   "Beyond Modernist Masters" uncovers the wealth of new Latin American architectural practices.

•   "Architects in Albany" celebrates the "songs of the architect's soul writ large in granite and brownstone."

•   A new monograph celebrates Palafox Associates' "two decades of architectural glory" that brought Philippine architecture to international attention.


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