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Today’s News - Friday, May 6, 2011

•   A Glasgow A-listed treasure under threat: the developer claims if the government doesn't cough up sufficient grants, demolition will be "the only way his firm can avoid insolvency" (sounds like cultural blackmail to us).

•   Mays's take on a "curious architectural creature, neither fish nor fowl": a planned condo tower "that may, alas, help define a baleful 21st century tall-building style in Toronto...This is sentimentality, not good urban design."

•   This may be a tough economic time for architects, but history proves it also allows "many to seek new projects and means of design"

•   Correa "deconstructs the shifting arc of architecture": "It's truly sad that our leaders want to make Mumbai a Singapore...Most of the "architecture" you see today isn't architecture; it is construction."

•   Architect and author Godwin decries that Nigerians "have never had the courage to define and recognize architecture as an art" and urges the Nigerian Institute of Architects "to close ranks and shun the unhealthy rivalry between them."

•   Schumacher cheers the 2011 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards winners that include "a little modernist shed that goes from 'nowhere to nowhere.'"

•   An eyeful of the "inventive if improbable top picks" in the 2011 DawnTown Floating Stage Competition for Candela's Miami Marine Stadium: a "mysterious floating orb" leads the pack.

•   The controversial - and now dismantled - "Statue of Humanity" honoring Turkish-Armenian relations may find a new home in Berlin.

•   The 11 Most Walk-Friendly U.S. Cities that "tend to be green in other ways, too" (some real surprises to us!).

•   Weekend diversions (and lots of 'em!):

•   NYC's Festival of Ideas for the New City includes Audi's "Urban Future Initiative: Project New York" where five NY teams explore "how neighborhoods might develop and morph...based on the exhibit, it will be damn strange indeed" + OMA/Koolhaas launch "Cronocaos" exploring "the increasingly urgent topic of preservation in architecture and urbanism" at the New Museum.

•   In Prague, an exhibition of sustainable architecture "shows that the issue is international - but it's been slow to take off locally" + A retrospective of SIAL, a "small but vitally important architecture studio that opened under communism" that proved "intelligence and clarity sometimes win out over chaos."

•   Kamin cheers the opening of Saarinen's "extraordinary" Miller House to the public, and hopes the frayed edges don't get smoothed over too much: "Such details offer evidence of the human activity that this house so exquisitely shelters and celebrates" + Fab slide show, video of the house and garden.

•   The annual "The Digest of South African Architecture" is important in "contributing a strand of provocation to a somewhat spatially illiterate public, yet another legacy from the apartheid era."

•   Calys cheers King's "Cityscapes" as "a jaunty romp through a few of the icons that dot the City by the Bay...there's not a single bit of jargon, no technical terms, nary a wisp of archi-babble."

•   Hawthorne cheers "Richard Meltzer's Guide to the Ugliest Buildings of Los Angeles": it's a "barbed (and "efficiently raucous") meditation on what it takes to a genuine eyesore" (and hard to find).

•   Yarinsky finds two "very different, but equally engaging" books on Donald Judd offer revealing insights into "how architecture might gain from his art the capacity for a more vital connection to our world today."

•   Dobrzynski finds "Architect for Art: Max Gordon" has "more going for it than marvelous pictures" + Gordon may have "adhered to a notion of simplicity" - but the book" took two years and four authors to create."


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