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Today’s News - Tuesday, May 10, 2011

EDITOR'S NOTE: A briefer-than-usual newsletter today as we rev up to head down to New Orleans for the AIA convention. We'll be back on Tuesday, May 17 (with lots of catching up to do!).

•   Heathcote takes on livable vs. loveable when it comes to rating cities, and the "the fundamental fault that lies at the heart of the idea of measuring cities by their 'livability.'"

•   Kamin offers his assessment of Richard Daley's 20+ years as mayor of Chicago: his shining moments, mixed results, and biggest blunders.

•   Huxtable's take on why Ito and Wright got it right in designing for an earthquake zones: their buildings' "extraordinary resilience was the result of a close collaboration between a creative architect and an equally creative engineer."

•   King is glad San Francisco's Metreon is getting a makeover, but there's "an architectural lesson in the block-long complex...Once a developer makes a huge mistake, it's hard to set things right."

•   Browning cheers the Queens Museum of Art expansion and the museum's role as a "community hero."

•   Hawthorne's thoughtful take on the changing state of architectural criticism in the age of shriveling dailies the ballooning blogosphere (he's not as negative as one might expect).

•   Zardini and Cohen on the CCA's "Architecture in Uniform" exhibition: it richly illustrates how architects "proved to be as strategically indispensable as did the scientists and engineers."

•   Kapoor goes monumental with "Monumenta" at the Grand Palais in Paris, debuting tomorrow.


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