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Today’s News - Friday, January 14, 2011

•   Weinstein tackles Thadani's "The Language of Towns & Cities: A Visual Dictionary": it is "vastly entertaining, endlessly provocative, and essential...No better visual dictionary pertaining to any facet of architecture and urbanism has ever been produced" (we think he likes it!).

•   A "simmering row" to save RIBA Trust could "escalate into civil war."

•   King cheers a "stealth infill" project in Berkeley that "deserves study by every city where the need for housing outstrips the supply of obvious land."

•   Edinburgh seems to have settled for a "bog standard" (ouch!) revamp of Haymarket station that "could be mistaken for a supermarket."

•   Correa is "deeply disturbed" by Bangalore's gated communities: they're "a cause for grave concern. They need to be discouraged."

•   Egyptian architect/author Hamid "would love nothing more than to see Egyptian architecture on the rise" (taking lessons from his mentor Fathy would be a good start).

•   Ouroussoff finds himself landing in "a digital 3-D version of Oz" at the Museum of the Moving Image (that's a good thing).

•   LaBarre is less kind to the "spectacle-laden" Dali Museum that just opened in St. Petersburg, FL: it is "positively Dali-esque. We mean that in all the worst ways."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Pogrebin and Caro get a sneak-peek of "Robert Moses Astride New York" (the musical!); if you're in NYC tomorrow, you can see it for free.

•   Saffron cheers Kahn's "still ravishingly beautiful" collaborator Tyng finally getting her due with a ravishing retrospective at Philly's Institute of Contemporary Art exhibit (though "it doesn't completely make up for a lifetime of slights").

•   Amery affirms that "Rietveld's Universe" in Utrecht is a "chance to be totally immersed in his life and work" - and "well worth the journey."

•   The true "gems" of the Ezra Stoller show in NYC are those that "reveal the self-effacing nature of architectural photography: that of an artist recording work of another artist" (great pix!).

•   "MIT 150" celebrates "what nerds have wrought": a lot of things we use every day - and "some other gizmos that seem more like weird science."

•   Kamin's "Terror and Wonder" is "poignant and timely," underscoring "the importance of thinking critically about design in a time when opulence becomes a liability and natural disasters demand the reorganization of our nation's fundamental priorities."

•   Rawsthorn on "Sustainism Is the New Modernism": billed as a "cultural manifesto," it's "more like a branding exercise...designers are already well aware of the principles outlined in the book, most of which have been analyzed in greater depth elsewhere."

•   Cheers for Richard Nickel's "The Complete Architecture of Adler & Sullivan" finally seeing the light of day.

•   Another posthumously-published tome: "75 Years of Contemporary Iranian Architecture" (in two volumes).


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