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Today’s News - Friday, April 22, 2011

•   Happy 41st Anniversary, Earth Day!

•   Public Architecture launches "Design for Reuse Knowledge Exchange" - a new web resource devoted to material reuse in design and construction.

•   It's also PlaNYC 2030's 5th anniversary: a report on its wins and losses + What's in store for the just announced PlaNYC 2.0: perhaps a bit more modest in scope to deal with current realities, but still something to cheer on.

•   Q&A with Mazria re: creating a sustainable vision for the future: "If we [architects] don't do it, nobody will" (you can catch him at AIANY/Cooper Union talk tonight).

•   Brussat has a field day with the Scruton/Glancey debate re: the "banality of starchitecture" (full disclosure: he leads with a gracious - and unexpected - shout-out to ANN).

•   Welton has an amusing conversation with critic Campbell re: FLW, the future of Boston's built environment, and the state of architecture criticism today: "The era of empty-headed, pompous, illiterate stuff that used to pour out of university schools of architecture has ended, which is nice."

•   Gehry describes how he approaches his projects: "Compared with when I was just starting out, I'm faster now. I'm better. I know where the bullshit is. I'm pretty good at editing it out before I let it go too far."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   In Los Angeles, a reading of the third in Oren Safdie's trilogy of serio-comic-satiric plays about serio-comic-satiric architects.

•   The PBS documentary "Olmsted and America's Urban Parks" is "nothing fancy, but the life it chronicles certainly was, a blend of genius, determination and occasional happenstance."

•   "Architecture + MIT 150": three days of dialogues, exhibits (and surly some fun) with a star-studded roster.

•   "Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment" at Yale illustrates how he "replaces the notion of architect-as-visionary with architect-as-organizer" (a good thing).

•   Heathcote hails Adolf Loos exhibition at RIBA, London, declaring "he was the greatest architect of the early modern age" even if little known outside of architectural circles. "This is a worthy reminder of why he should be remembered with gratitude."

•   An eyeful of AIA New York 2011 Design Awards winners, now on view at the Center for Architecture.

•   In Wanganui , NZ, "Long Live the Modern" offers lots of significant modernist architecture from around New Zealand.

•   In Melbourne, the RMIT Gallery offers three architect/artists' takes on space.

•   LaBarre is taken by Easton+Combs Chicago installation of a giant sculpture made of 1,500 plastic tiles pieced together that "looks like digital smoke."

•   Another thumbs-up for Glaeser's "Triumph of the City": an "entertaining, occasionally annoying, and almost always thought-provoking look at how urban centers are socially, economically, and environmentally good for us."

•   Hawthorne queries co-author Lubell about "Julius Shulman Los Angeles" and what makes it different from all the other tomes about the photographer: they mined the archives "that have been barely looked at, let alone published."

•   Wade Graham's "American Eden " is a "shrewd, comprehensive and often entertaining guide" that "gives a nod to pastoral urbanism" and efforts "to reclaim empty city lots as small farms. May it bloom and set fruit!"

•   Bey is intrigued by a composer creating a musical ode to Chicago's Aqua tower; needless to say, so is Jeanne Gang.


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