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Today’s News - Friday, September 17, 2010

•   Gehl, who "has been quietly, if not slowly, guiding the remaking of New York," holds court for SRO crowd at NYC's Center for Architecture (complete with other Danes "easily identifiable by their...strong jaws and unusually elegant hand gestures" and what Burden and Sadik-Khan wore).

•   Calthorpe waxes poetic about Portland's place as global model of TOD.

•   RIBA and others slam Young over his view that there is no link between architecture and academic achievement.

•   First look at Holl's £50m Glasgow School of Art revamp.

•   New NYC gallery (a.k.a. "Norman Foster's Big Red Box") with "a giant, Ferrari-red rectangle climbing inside" is ready for its close-up.

•   Scheeren sheers himself from OMA to set up his own shop in Beijing, Hong Kong, and London.

•   Fast Company's 2010 Masters of Design (great presentations, as usual - check out BIG as a graphic novel).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Africa's "premier urban culture festival" launches in Johannesburg.

•   In the Big Apple: Climate Week NY°C, "a global forum to mobilize an international public-private response to climate change," starts Monday.

•   Bernstein cheers "Sukkah City," a "harvest of temporary shelters" about to take root in Union Square: "a dozen structures ripe with metaphoric possibilities" + one will be reconstructed in the Center for Architecture + a very interesting explanation of how "rabbinic authority prevailed" over the jury ("when the contest's rabbi told Michael Arad that some of his picks were not kosher, he was flabbergasted").

•   A photo exhibition shows "another side of that utopian architectural experiment" that is the Rural Studio.

•   Q&A with the curator of MoMA's "Counter Space" re: how women reshaped the modern kitchen.

•   Everything you need to know about the London Design Festival, launching tomorrow.

•   Pawson x 2 includes a Q&A re: "Plain Space" - his monograph and exhibition at the Design Museum: "You get your best jobs now, when you don't have the energy."

•   Gallagher's "Reimagining Detroit" sees the upside of downsizing the city.

•   Baillieu re: Prince Charles's new tome: it may not be "gripping stuff. But to see it as just another royal coffee table book is to underestimate his ambition to take the lead in sustainable housing design" + "Architecture and Beauty" asks if architects have a problem with beauty.

•   "New Delhi: Making of a capital" reclaims the city's history "in a low-key, powerful way."


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