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Today’s News - Friday, January 21, 2011

•   Childress offers The Ten Commandments of Architecture (#11 is our fave...hey - it's the end of a longggg week... how could we resist?).

•   Lubell talks to some California architects about new governor's budget-cutting plan to eliminate over 400 redevelopment agencies: "the move would be a pulling out the rug just as a modest recovery was starting to take hold."

•   Developer ditches Rogers Stirk Harbour's winning scheme in U.K.'s £60k house competition for something more traditional (not all are pleased).

•   Kennicott on Gehry's continuing refinement of his Eisenhower Memorial and its tapestries: "for me, they're not good enough yet," says the master (Rybczynski worries that they might feel like advertising, or a billboard).

•   Hatherley minces no words about what he thinks of the upcoming celebration of 1951's Festival of Britain: it will be "an exercise in nostalgia" (especially if the Skylon is rebuilt) "at a time when we desperately need an infusion of the original festival's socialist, futuristic spirit."

•   An eyeful of an architect's own home in the Berkshires where nothing distracts from "the power of the view."

•   Sudjic offers an insightful and lengthy take on architecture in films: "the way films portray buildings and architects has nothing to do with reality, right? You'd be surprised" (we learned a lot in this one!).

•   A filmmaker finds "a quick flick made all the difference" in convincing "clueless UAE youth" to care for their environment.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Lewis finds the NBM's "Palladio and His Legacy" answers many questions, including why so many Modernists architects "rebel against classicism's aesthetic dominance and stylistic constraints."

•   In Islamabad, two artists present "the architectural façades of the Pakistani society...placed in a post-apocalyptic scenario."

•   In London, "The Witching Hour: Darkness and the Architectural Uncanny" has artists take on the power of buildings (and some creepy places) "to intimidate and unsettle" (great slide show!).

•   The "hidden language of a building" revealed at the Reading Museum in a celebration of Soane, the town's most famous architect.

•   Friedman's "American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture" offers "some of the finest writing about architecture the field has yet produced" (sounds like a must-read!).

•   In the "extraordinary" book "When a Billion Chinese Jump," Watts warns of an impending eco-disaster: "The planet's problems were not made in China, but they are sliding past the point of no return there."

•   Architectural, historical, and scandalous excerpts from "Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White" - a "brick of a book."


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