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Today’s News - Friday, August 13, 2010

•   An in-depth (and very interesting) look at Germany's postwar reconstruction that "resulted in cities filled with modernist buildings which have not aged well," and cities' "new desire to rebuild the old" (bunches of great slide shows, too).

•   AIANY's Bell re: the so far little-discussed design for proposed Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan: ""the symbolism of the building's facade is going to be, I think, one of acceptance and tolerance" (would that it could extend to some attitudes, as well).

•   An architect ruminates on the shortfalls of green rating systems: "The world needs green buildings a lot more than green buildings need LEED or a BREAAM certification."

•   Big plans for an iconic east London greyhound racing stadium and NYC's historic Forest Hills tennis stadium (dogs and nets not included).

•   Brussat cheers an arts cooperative's renovation projects that "show how well creativity flourishes in an environment of tradition" (Modernism just doesn't get it, of course).

•   Found in a trash bin back in the 50s, NYC wants to reclaim drawings of Central Park and other notable projects by Jacob Wrey Mould, a Brit "known for importing the flair and flourishes of British high Victorian architecture to his U.S. work" (Olmsted and Vaux approved).

•   Booth on BD's Carbuncle Cup: worth a few chuckles - or is it? "Not everyone is sure the award is a good thing" ("laughing at other people's mistakes is never an edifying spectacle," says FAT).

•   Glasgow launches an online poll to i.d. its top 50 buildings in hopes of boosting tourism and celebrating its culture and heritage.

•   An eyeful of the U.S. Dyson Award winner and runners-up's (some pretty amazing things!).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Rothstein frolics through NYC's newest "eccentric, surprising and fanciful" cultural spot that is Governors Island, a "summer vacation with irony" (and our favorite summertime must-see!).

•   If you're in Toronto, go dig your toes into the sand at Sugar Beach (a former waterfront industrial site-cum-parking lot) - umbrella's included.

•   "Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio" premieres on PBS on Monday; Sambo "re-established a moral agenda for architecture" (we're setting our DVR!).

•   Hawthorne goes to the movies: "Inception" dreams big, but "why is a movie that puts mind-bending architecture so squarely at the center of its story so architecturally underwhelming?"

•   On view in NYC: "Experimental Geography" is "something to be experienced and engaged by everyone" + "Ecoaesthetic: The Tragedy of Beauty" hopes "to do for sustainability what war photography does for the cause of world peace: shock us into caring."

•   Correa's "A Place in the Shade: The new landscape & other essays" is an "imperative read on a contemplative afternoon."

•   Caldwell finds a "boisterous multiplicity" in "Design on the Edge"; it's also "essential reading for architecture schools struggling with their curriculum and the challenge of a strong leader versus a plurality of voices."

•   Goldhagen finds "Architecture as Icon: Perception and Representation of Architecture in Byzantine Art" a "magnificent new book" that "debunks conventional wisdom."

•   Happy Friday the 13th!


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