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Today’s News - Friday, February 18, 2011

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•   Call it re-cladding or re-skinning, "the practice is taking off": "Aging modern towers may be our greatest urban resource."

•   Saffron on a major corporate tenant in downtown Philly relocating to the Navy Yard: "Tempting as it is" to see it as "Center City's archenemy...most agree that the business center remains something that Philadelphia can't live without" (with hopes it augurs better public transportation).

•   The Early Childhood Center in Chicago will make sure that the children have easy access to the outdoors.

•   Fast Company's list of the World's 50 Most Innovative Companies for 2011 has one architecture firm - Snøhetta at #35 - "for design that's both social and beautiful."

•   The 2011 AIA Young Architects Award winners indicate an auspicious future for the industry.

•   Call for entries: Copa Arquitectura: design a small youth soccer facility for less than $45,000.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   In Chicago, photographs of "aging modernist remains" in African countries is "a contemplative, sensitive" exhibition: "They're not hard to look at, not quite, but neither do they let you forget that what you're seeing is very real, and quietly tragic" (they "won't be appearing in Wallpaper magazine any time ever").

•   Kevin Roche's legacy on view at Yale shows that "he's done his best to either bring in nature with glass...or reflect it in his materials" + "He was really the first to see architecture and nature as one."

•   A nice thought, but hardly true: an extensive FLW retrospective in Milwaukee suggests that "if Wright walked the Earth in 2011, he might be among the foremost exponents of building green as well as living green" + "We're finally catching up with him."

•   In Toronto, "Neighbourhood Maverick" highlights "houses which are designed of our times in contrast to the existing neighborhood aesthetic."

•   McGuirk mulls the Brit Insurance Design awards shortlist on view at London's Design Museum: while it seems to be more about "stuff," it still inspires, showing how design is evolving: "Gradually, almost imperceptibly, our material environment gets better, smarter and lighter."

•   Schumacher's "The Autopoiesis of Architecture" is "surely the longest and, quite possibly, the most opaque manifesto in architectural's as confused as any reader will be."

•   King tackles tomes by Glaeser and Calthorpe about urbanism in the age of climate change: "each succeeds at challenging our assumptions" but "neither is vibrant enough to intrigue the skeptic. Still, it's important to add them to the debate."

•   Brooks cheers Glaeser's "terrific new book" that posits "far from withering in the age of instant global information flows, cities have only become more important."

•   Glancey cheers "Borromini's Book" that presents the "baroque solar system" swirling around "an architect who gave us classicism with passion, experimentation, movement, prayer and sensuality."

•   Merrick muses on Millar's "First Woman Architect" that will put Britain's earliest female architect "on a pedestal at precisely the moment that British women architects are objecting to being stashed under their professional pedestal."


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