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Today’s News - Friday, July 2, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're celebrating the Fourth of July weekend by taking Monday off - we'll be back Tuesday, July 6.

•   A fitting start to Independence Day weekend: a Centerbrook architect takes a stab at creating a British-to-American glossary for Yale's Kroon Hall U.K./U.S. team (lippings, skirtings, totems, and a bit of kit included).

•   Part of Cleveland's plan for a comeback is investing in 58 pilot projects "that move vacant land strategies beyond temporary fences and lawns."

•   Saffron cheers Drexel University finally "getting the hang of the urban thing" with two new buildings.

•   Risen rallies behind Stout's new museum in Roanoke: "it's hard to imagine anything else in its place...a delicate balance of convention and unorthodoxy."

•   Calys says Cavagnero's "skillful renovation" of the Oakland Museum of California "makes sure the museum keeps its Roche and Dinkeloo edge."

•   Heathcote on the "astonishing discrepancy" between sales prices for great works of art and great works of architecture, and says it's high time to market Modernism.

•   Zohn + Zaha re: her MAXXI Museum: "It's a sort of architecture-on-Pilates" (great Q&A).

•   An amusing lunch with Nouvel reveals "why so many of his buildings are red or phallic or both...his penchant has to do with strawberries, greed and childhood gratification."

•   An in-depth Q&A with Mathur and da Cunha re: why they concentrate less on client-driven commissions than on issue-centered public investigations.

•   One of the "smaller pieces of brilliance" at the London Festival of Architecture is "a clever little contraption": a zero-carbon elevator at the Duke of York steps.

•   Pridmore waxes poetic about Ponte Vecchio, a "marvel of medieval construction" that reveals Florence's layered history of "genius, commerce and tyranny."

•   A tribute to Ralph Adams Cram, the unsung architect behind Cape Cod's "grand old ladies known as the Bourne and Sagamore bridges."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   With luck, the "clever blend of optimism and pragmatism" in "Our Cities, Ourselves" at NYC's Center for Architecture "will convince local planners and policy makers to - at the very least - "find better role models for urban growth than Miami and Detroit."

•   Kamin can't say enough about "Louis Sullivan's Idea": it's "one of the finest architecture shows to appear in Chicago in a long time" (great pix, too).

•   Perrin finds "three is a crowd" in the CCA's "Other Space Odysseys," where "three visionary architects get lost in space."

•   Gruber finds "despair" in the pages of "Urban Design": "one cannot read these essays without reflecting on how disastrous the past 50 years have been for cities."

•   At 765 pages, "Architecture of the Sun: Los Angeles Modernism 1900-1970" is "lavishly illustrated" with "lively tales of friendships gone south...and petty crummy selfishness" (FLW "may have been the Daddy of modernism but he was not a nice guy").

•   An eyeful of photographs by Høltermand: "I focus on 'ordinary' architectural buildings and turn them into desolate containers."


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