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Today’s News - Friday, September 24, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: Well, the technology gods decided to muck things up again yesterday, but we're pretty sure we've assuaged them now (fingers crossed!).

•   An in-depth look at why Stuttgart 21 plans are "a transportation-policy disaster" (a very, very expensive white elephant in the making?).

•   Kamin finds Chicago's South Works plan "full of good ideas," but worries it could also end up as "suburban banality, giving us Generic City, USA."

•   Russell roams the gigantic park emerging from Staten Island's Fresh Kills landfill as it slowly morphs into what could be "one of the nation's greatest and strangest city parks."

•   Hawthorne has (mostly) high praise for LACMA's Resnick Pavilion: it may not "rise to the level" of Piano's other "art-world masterpieces," but it is "undeniably assured" (too bad its airy, pristine state is now pocked with pesky partitions).

•   Webb, on the other hand, finds it rounds out LACMA's master plan "with sensuousness and serenity" + "Playing LACMA" video (a must-see/hear!).

•   Rybczynski on Richard Rogers' "dazzling" addition to D.C.'s officescape: "it's a doozy" of "structural daring."

•   Saffron cheers the new SugarHouse path that "is precisely the tonic the forlorn Delaware River waterfront" needed; she's a bit less sanguine about the neighboring casino, even with its "welcome bit of sophistication...looks are really beside the point."

•   Architects the recession claimed (well, not completely: Gehry only lost Atlantic Yards, and Morefield has actually made moolah from his Seattle farmer's market booth).

•   An eyeful of the local talent (plus one NYC'er) who made the Architecture Foundation's Olympic kiosk competition shortlist.

•   The 5th annual Park(ing) Day sorta fell under the radar this year, but Wired offers a round-up from around the world.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Ball-Nogues turns 30 miles of string into "Gravity's Loom" at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

•   Smith finds MoMA's "Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen" sprints "with dazzling speed and pinpoint precision across an amazing amount of social and aesthetic history."

•   Lupton lauds Schütte-Lihotzky's 1926 Frankfurt Kitchen "that continues to influence domestic architecture even today" - a "utopian manifesto...pushing past utopia to become a reality, however flawed."

•   An amazing book of photographs of East Berlin's Palast der Republik that captures its interiors just before it was demolished.

•   ICA&CA's Gunther cheers the "Catalogue of the Andrew Alpern Collection of Drawing Instruments": there's "great beauty in these pages, and a sensuality of means" (because "nothing beats a beautiful compass").

•   Cast your vote: pick your fave of the urbancanvas Design Competition finalists to develop creative artwork for construction sites around NYC (some cool stuff!).


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