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Today’s News - Friday, June 25, 2010

•   Columbia University wins its battle to use eminent domain to claim the land it needs for $6 billion expansion.

•   Chelsea Barracks developer wins in court, too - it's also "a victory for Richard Rogers and other architects who have long complained that Prince Charles has too much influence on the democratic planning process."

•   Cities within cities: Indianapolis Airport unveils its aerotropolis plans + Edmonton International considers an aerotropolis of its own.

•   With 45,000 employees, AECOM is a giant in the field - but what is it?

•   Brussat visits Stern, "the only American starchitect doing classical" who "has managed, unlike any other starchitect in this land, to beautify our world" (that's why his modernist work causes the critic "distress").

•   Viñoly x 2: he is undaunted by the size and scale of the Battersea project ("I am a realist") + praise for New York for the speed of its decision-making which eases development, but the UK has a sophisticated approach to design that is entirely lacking in the States.

•   King enjoys a jaunt through San Francisco with Goldberger.

•   Bozikovic tours a project by two "gutsy" young Toronto architects and finds "there is beauty in doing things right."

•   Friedman on Saarinen: "Professional jealousies are only part of the story of his complex relationship with the modern movement" (this is long-form journalism at its best!).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Several takes (and lots of pix) on "Our Cities, Ourselves" at NYC's Center for Architecture, presenting "full-blown ideas for integrating sustainable transport into the fabric of 10 different modern cities."

•   Kennicott on Michael Graves and "Revealing Culture" at the Smithsonian: "The surprising and thrilling thing is how much ADA-sensitive exhibition design rewards ordinary, fully able-bodied visitors...even in a room that is fundamentally charmless."

•   McGuirk finds surreal adventures at London's Barbican and the Hayward: "In a world where, increasingly, everything is designed, these two rich exhibitions remind us that not everything can be controlled."

•   In Stockholm, nine architects design full-scale buildings for 6- to 16-year-old clients to be climbed on and explored.

•   Kamin cheers "Looking After Louis Sullivan" at the Art Institute of Chicago, "a new, small gem of a show" of photographers who put Sullivan's genius in enduring focus."

•   The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston revisits Ishimoto Yasuhiro's photos, "giving the now 89-year-old artist a do-over on one of his crowning achievements."

•   In San Diego, artist-architect Enos works "to subvert what he sees as architecture that serves the economy rather then people."

•   Hollis on Sudjic's Foster biography: it's a tale told with "admirable lucidity," but "there's little sense...of the agony or the ecstasy that may or may not rage behind Foster's inscrutable smile."


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