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Today’s News - Friday, April 23, 2010

•   We lose JFK's architect who Huxtable called "the architect who has done the most to bring a new design frontier to Washington."

•   Glancey glowers at what the meaning of "world class city" has become: it's "lobotomized urban planning" that "spells architectural bombast, bling and banality."

•   Phifer's North Carolina Museum of Art West Building is "itself a subtle, even sly work of art...a paean to the light."

•   An eyeful of some of the alternative designs for the U.N.'s East River site; it reads" like a lost history of mid-century architecture" (great slide show).

•   3XN's new "spiky" bank HQ on a "sleepy" Danish island "smells better than its name" (it "bleeds green" too).

•   L.A. County's Natural History Museum to plant a new front yard, the "most ambitious merger of architecture and landscape in California" since Piano's green roof in San Francisco.

•   Hood wins competition to design an "electric landscape" (i.e. a 5,000 solar panel-studded park) at the University at Buffalo (finalists Hood, Acconci, and Balmori designs on view at Albright-Knox this weekend).

•   A bit more on the dissolution of gm+ad, "credited with pushing back the boundaries of Scottish architecture with their bold and provocative designs."

•   Building Awards 2010 winners announced.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Kennicott minces no words about Pei documentary: "It is a terrible film" with "not a single critical thought in its head."

•   Farrelly on Ford's film "A Single Man": it shows "there is emotional meaning in architecture" in Lautner's "lovely, unlivable house" (and not so much meaning in other modernists' abodes).

•   Woodward is wowed by film portions of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "The Running Fence" show at the Smithsonian in DC: "I can't be alone in feeling patriotic about a country that allowed such an unlikely and lovely thing to exist."

•   Levinson's slide show essay on a new public art project at a solid waste facility in Phoenix that highlights "post-consumer detritus - a.k.a. trash."

•   "Fast Trash" features Roosevelt Island's pneumatically driven underground garbage disposal system - with hopes it will "serve as an example for urban planners elsewhere."

•   A bamboo jungle that you can climb grows atop Manhattan's Met Museum (built by rock climbers, no less!).

•   Frederick Fisher's watercolors, on view in L.A., "underscore the architect's use of drawing and watercolor as a creative practice" (lots of pix!).

•   "Glass Ceilings" in Richmond, VA, is "meant less to contest past gender perceptions and more to honor those women who have made a strong impact" in architecture.

•   UB students' "Living Wall" is a "community of pods" that visitors can climb on, over, and through.

•   Page turners: Kristal's "Re:Crafted" includes 25 architectural projects that "challenge the traditional view of craft"; and "Roadside America" is Margolies's photographic tribute to a "vanishing vision of over-the-top architecture, automotive freedom, and the American dream" (great pix for both).


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