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Today’s News - Friday, April 9, 2010

•   Two engrossing excerpts from Campanella's "Delta Urbanism: New Orleans" (a "precise and painful narrative" - "plandemonium" indeed).

•   Katrina leaves a legacy of green homes "as opposed to apartment complexes, which is more the national trend."

•   Detroit's new mayor outlines an "unprecedented relocation plan" that will allow some neighborhoods "to grow fallow as open space, sites for future development and possibly even urban agriculture."

•   Saffron says the "stunningly second-rate design" for a new Family Court building "suggests that, when it comes to public architecture, the forces of mediocrity still rule Philadelphia."

•   Some museum expansion plans shift gears to homegrown talent: "high-profile architecture may not be a priority" anymore.

•   San Francisco expands its Pavement to Parks program that will include a new configuration called a "parklet."

•   Move over Lady Liberty: big plans (but no bucks in hand - yet) for a $300 million, 300-foot-high bronze Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast: "Who builds a statue with such dreary symbolic baggage?"

•   Hosey's take: "Want to show some responsibility? Don't build that statue" (it's "a million dollars per foot, but who's counting?").

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

•   Ouroussoff and "Palladio and His Legacy" at the Morgan Library: it "offers glimpses of what made the 16th-century architect so radical and influential" - and corrects some "misperceptions, even if its scope is too narrow to do away with them entirely."

•   Zeiger on MoMA's "Rising Currents": it "begins with a grim premise" that is "ultimately more telling of our own time, and all its rising anxieties, than they are of a dampened future."

•   In Beijing, Eliasson and Ma Yansong collaborate to combine architecture, fog, and light for "Feelings are Facts" (inspiring or "suffocating," depending on your mood, it seems).

•   In Montreal, Lynn, Maltzan, and Poli explore "Other Space Odysseys."

•   Hawthorne hails "Las Vegas Studio" on view in L.A., and the photographs "rescued from the cutting-room floor. It just happens to be one of the richest, most revelatory cutting-room floors in architectural history."

•   In London, Adjaye "Urban Africa" at the Design Museum is a photographic survey of 53 capital cities (shot mostly from the back of taxi cabs).

•   Crosbie finds a treasure trove of Modernist masters in "Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot" in Connecticut.

•   Saarinen on view at Yale is a "huge but riveting show."

•   A double bill for Halprin's groundbreaking and now-historic Charlottesville Downtown Mall.

•   Competition-winning design for new Czech embassy in Washington on view in Prague (though economic realities will delay its construction).

•   Who hasn't contributed amusing doodles for "The Hand of the Designer" in Milan?

•   Page turners: the re-issue of Robin Boyd's "foot-stamping, finger-wagging harangue, 'The Australian Ugliness'" only proves that a similar provocateur "has not yet emerged for our times."

•   Gratz's "The Battle for Gotham" reinterprets the lingering influence of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, and offers "a cogent argument" for adapting Jacob's ideas to a different time.

•   Dyckhoff deems Dominic Stevens "the most inspirational architect I've met in years," and new book a "quiet rallying cry for a new type of architecture and a new way of living."

•   Pearman on new Pevsner tome: "expect more outrage."

•   A look at documentaries on a Bucky Fuller dome and an unfinished art school in Cuba; "Citizen Architect" highlights Mockbee and how the Rural Studio transforms blight into beauty.

•   A birthday fete for Isambard Kingdom Brunel is this terrific slide show.



  


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