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Today’s News - Friday, June 3, 2011

•   Weinstein offers up "an obscure book of French poetry in a flashy translation that goes to the heart of every architectural practice."

•   LaBarre gets a few more details from Snøhetta's Simon Ewings re: the SFMOMA expansion and finds "a compelling logic emerges...Though criticized by some, the design appears exquisitely considered."

•   King hopes SFMOMA gets serious about architectural arts and "engaging with urban issues close to home": the museum has been "missing in action with regards to a branch of the arts that people here care about intensely, that shapes the place in which we live."

•   LeBlanc cheers "local good guys Sustainable.TO" for their winning design for a shotgun passive house in New Orleans: "it is simple, but brilliantly so" - and he hopes it "will be the architectural shot heard 'round the world."

•   Wing finds the $300 house for developing nations competition all well and good (and "an attention-grabbing gimmick"), but "what is a fair figure for housing urban poor homeless families in developed nations?"

•   Glancey reviews the week in architecture that was all about "industrial chic" (with a video ya gotta see!).

•   Australia to get a new Venice Biennale pavilion via a design competition among "a small hand-selected group of Australian architects" that will surely "disappoint the architecture community that believes an open competition brings more interesting results."

•   We're sad to hear Team Hawaii has had to pull out of the 2011 Solar Decathlon, but glad to hear some donors requested that their gifts be used to support the 2013 effort.

•   Obama offers Pritzker winner Eduardo Souto de Moura high praise, cheers Chicago's skyline, and admits he once thought of being an architect: "I expected to be more creative than I turned out, so I turned to politics instead."

•   A good reason to be in D.C. on Monday: the Intelligent Cities Forum to explore the intersection of data, technology, and cities.

•   We couldn't resist: an amazing slide show of "giant ears on the British Coast" - enormous concrete shells that were pre-World War II acoustic experiments designed to listen for enemy aircraft that "led to some extraordinary architecture."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Ouroussoff finds the CCA's "Architecture in Uniform" an "engrossing, often unsettling new show" that is "one of the most important architecture exhibitions I've seen in years."

•   Lamster and Lange lunch over Koolhaas's "Cronocaos" at the New Museum: "'chaos' is an apt descriptor for this show, although perhaps not entirely as intended. It lacks cohesion, it's infuriating, it's all over the place" - but realize "the scruffy presentation and lame charts are all part of the faux-insurgent pose."

•   Campbell cheers one of his "favorite museums in New England, or anywhere for that matter, yet hardly anyone has heard of it."

•   "Pier Luigi Nervi: Architecture as Challenge/Architettura come sfida" on view in Torino.

•   LA Forum offers "New Park Design in Los Angeles" to "foster discussion about the current state of public park space and design within the city."

•   Davidson reviews "David Adjaye: A House for an Art Collector" that reveals "both garish taste and a formal inventiveness that hasn't been seen...since the days of Paul Rudolph"; it's "a dim, almost gothic lair" (with a slide show to prove it).

•   A fascinating excerpt (and great pix!) from Susan Roy's "Bomboozled" - a fascinating history of America's domestic fallout shelters.

•   An eyeful of amazing views of Germany from the sky from Launer's new book, "Deutschland: Entdeckung von Oben" (Germany: Discovery from Above).


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