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Today’s News - Friday, October 15, 2010

•   Why Zumthor is perfect for the Serpentine: it will be "a place of architectural pilgrimage" that "will widen the public's narrow definition of 'wow.'"

•   Rybczynski finds Thom's Arena Stage in DC allows Weese's original "to maintain its dignity"; it's "an audacious building that breathes fresh air into the nation's capital."

•   Lubell on Belzberg's L.A. Museum of the Holocaust: it "delivers a dose of raw emotional impact...bold gestures far outweigh any shortcomings," and proves "the raw emotional impact that architecture's spatial and tectonic qualities can deliver."

•   It looks like the controversial Gazprom tower in St. Petersburg is moving ahead, despite protests and UNESCO's objections.

•   Architects and designers protest Tallinn, Estonia's plan to sell a design and architecture gallery to a private buyer (where will that leave the city as 2011 European Capital of Culture?).

•   USGBC, LEED facing a class-action lawsuit for alleged fraud and deceptive practices.

•   Call for entries (deadline looms!): Philips Livable Cities Award (big cash grants).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Ouroussoff cheers MoMA's "Small Scale, Big Change": "the big surprise is that so many of the projects are actually good," and "makes a powerful case that it is possible to create work that is both socially uplifting and architecturally compelling."

•   Lange came away with a very different take: the exhibition "fails to engage with real-world questions of scalability, accountability and popularity in a forward-thinking way. MoMA is playing catch-up on a decade of design that fell under their radar, and it shows."

•   Riano says the show "suggests also the extent to which the field is struggling to regain command of a once familiar set of skills...If architects could quantify the impact of their designs, the discipline would be much more powerful."

•   Chaban cheers the Architecture & Design Film Fest in NYC this weekend: even "the festival's trailer should give you goose bumps. If not, check your pulse."

•   What went into creating the "lusty" Liquid Wall on display as part of "Innovate : Integrate" at NYC's Center for Architecture.

•   LaBarre offers an eyeful of "magically delicious" Irish design at the American Irish Historical Society in New York.

•   At Yale, "James Frazer Stirling: Notes from the Archive, Architect and Teacher" explores his legacy: an "eclectic and dynamic style" that "was met with reluctance because it deviated from the monotony of the International Style."

•   McGuirk cheers an exhibition of the Design Research Unit, "the firm that branded Britain."

•   Caldwell "basks in the modern mystique" of "Design Research: The Store That Brought Modern Living to American Homes," in part, "a tragic narrative about a creative man."


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