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Today’s News - Friday, May 27, 2011

EDITOR'S NOTE: We'll be taking a break for Memorial Day weekend (U.S.)...and be back Tuesday, May 31.

•   Weinstein reports on two tomes that are "wake-up calls" (and inspiration) "for color-challenged architects."

•   Scharmen on the conundrum Ai Weiwei's arrest presents to architects: "This isn't to raise again the question of whether or not to work with 'evil' clients...This is about recognizing the political and economic uses of architecture."

•   New British museums take the spotlight today: Pearman's take on Chipperfield's two new museums: "both are architecture of a high order" (great pix, too).

•   Merrick tackles Chipperfield and Parry's "magical museums" that "are beacons for daring, ambitious architecture."

•   Heathcote cheers Parry's Holburne: it "eschews the local stone and classical detail in favor of lightness, transparency and playfulness."

•   Moore calls it "a triumph" and "one of the most delightful pieces of wrapping any architect has done anywhere, for some time."

•   An impressive shortlist of three selected for Museum of Fine Arts, Houston expansion (no, DS+R is not among 'em).

•   Therrien reports on MoMA's kick-off program for "Foreclosed": it will be interesting to see what bringing together an architect, a curator, and a historian will produce.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Big weekend ahead with the official opening of Governors Island in NYC (the ferry is free!) + Vivid Sydney will transform the city into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas + Doors Open Toronto focuses on photography.

•   In Los Angeles, "TIMEless" explores the 4D possibilities of space.

•   Kapoor in the spotlight in Paris and Manchester, UK.

•   A fascinating excerpt from Maltzan's ode to Los Angeles.

•   Wickens recalls his conversations with Jane Jacobs: "50 years after the 1961 appearance of her once-revolutionary treatise...are her fears being borne out?"

•   A.K. Jain's "Urban Planning and Governance: A New Paradigm" is "like a planning school primer and wish list."

•   Powell's "21st Century London: The New Architecture" is "an accessible, invaluable and sumptuously designed resource that summarizes all that has happened to London's architecture since 2000."

•   Brussat has a number of bones to pick with Broderick's "Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White," but still finds it "a monumentally fascinating catalogue of how money and social intercourse dressed the Gilded Age in beauty."


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