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Today’s News - Friday, November 12, 2010

•   Kamin on Chicago's major sustainability push, of "eco-toupees and plastic alleys," and why "a little perspective is in order" on the eve of Greenbuild.

•   Make's "astonishing" Cube in Birmingham, U.K., a city "happy to embrace 'starchitecture' in order to gain civic kudos" sparkles plenty, but "reveals an insensitivity that betrays the purity of intent so evident in its...core concept."

•   Get ready NYC, two Holl buildings are less than two years away (a good read once you get past the star-struck platitudes).

•   Viñoly's Battersea Power Station gets green light (again?); key is a commitment to two transit station extensions (and hopes to create more than 3,400 homes).

•   An eyeful of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: "Is Norman Foster having the best fall ever?"

•   Is RMJ having the worst fall ever?

•   Brizzio on then and future Expo's: "Are they still relevant and creative architecture experiments?" (great slide show)

•   Brussat's fears are confirmed: traditional options seem to be off the table in finalists' designs for a pedestrian bridge in Providence (remember the Sopwith Camel gas station?).

•   Call for entries: 9th Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture 2011 for notable renovations.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Goldberger on "Paul Rudolph: Lower Manhattan Expressway" at the Cooper Union: "I'm not sure there has ever been an architect whose work was as seductive, as beautiful, as exhilarating, and as downright frightening...It's hard to say what the exhibition will do to his reputation."

•   As Utrecht celebrates "Rietveld's Universe," his grandson is determined to ensure his furniture remains available.

•   Lui on Stein's "Greening Modernism": he "makes a good case for the reunification of sustainability and Modernism...They are one and the same."

•   Gruber finds "Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans" a "riveting, if necessarily dry, account of the process, or rather processes, for the preparation of plans for the city's recovery."

•   In "A Guide To The New Ruins Of Great Britain," Hatherley's "casts a despairing eye" on "an encroaching American-style urban landscape of gated communities and malls."

•   Moore is almost bemused by "Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World" by Prince Charles et al: "some of his ideas are completely off the wall," but when not being "weird or wonky," they say "things with which only nutters, or Republican candidates for the US Senate, would disagree."

•   "50 Beautiful Houses In India" illustrates beautifully how "design in Indian housing has undergone a sea change in the past few decades."

•   "Minka": a documentary about the rescue of an ancient farmhouse in Japan is "an intimate story about place, architecture, memory and the meaning of home"; the film is almost ready for its close-up - but could use some help.

•   We couldn't resist: Bey lets us know "Devil in the White City" may be coming to the big screen courtesy of Leonardo DiCaprio (a.k.a. the book's serial killer H.H. Holmes, perhaps?).



  


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