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Today’s News - Friday, June 10, 2011

•   Chatterjee finds the collection of essays in "Post-Traumatic Urbanism" to be "brave and current" (with very minor caveats).

•   Jerusalem approves revised plan for controversial Museum of Tolerance; opponents plan to continue protesting.

•   Hadid visits her "sophisticated shed' in Glasgow (is she having second thoughts about her "infamous pistachio color scheme"?).

•   K. Jacobs visits the "biggest and best piece of eye candy on Manhattan's skyline": New York by Gehry "to see how much of the architect's exterior bling had found its way inside" (expensive views! too bad about what you see at street level).

•   Horton on Ouroussoff's exit from NYT: Will he be missed? "Yes. Even by critics of critics...he brought architecture to the consciousness of the masses. He and other critics [an "endangered species"] are the public's continuing education in architecture."

•   An architect heads to federal court, accused of "falsely claiming to be the designer of a number of projects that were, in fact, designed by Gensler."

•   Weekend diversions (it's summer!):

•   LaBarre cheers High Line Part Deux as being better than the first: there's actually "stuff to do" (with eye candy courtesy of "photog extraordinaire Iwan Baan").

•   An eyeful of FIGMENT's free arts festival Governors Island this weekend.

•   Kamin offers a good reason to be in the Windy City this weekend: TCLF's "What's Out There Weekend Chicago" is two days of 25 free guided tours of parks and open spaces designed by landscape masters.

•   McGuirk visits "Ernö Goldfinger v Groucho Marx" - an "enigmatic little exhibition" in London that inspired him to explore Goldfinger's own house, which "reveals a clever, pragmatic designer who was ahead of his time."

•   An Irish Architecture Foundation competition that paired architects with students in a challenge to re-think school design results in an exhibition in Carlow.

•   In Düsseldorf, "Container Architecture" examines the creative potential of the lowly shipping container.

•   In Riverside, Ontario, "Installations by Architects" highlights "the most significant projects from the last 25 years by today's most exciting architects."

•   Page turners: "Fast-Forward Urbanism" challenges the powers-that-be who treat architects as irrelevant by laying "the groundwork for a new theory of architecture-as-urbanism."

•   "Rethinking Modernity" is a "lucid exploration of architectural theory" going back to Vitruvius (and adds "Post-Rational" to the architectural lexicon).

•   King picks five cool books about San Francisco that offer vantage points "as varied as the place itself."

•   Welton cheers FLWs Fallingwater at 75 - and a luscious new tome about it (great pix!) + FLW's Cooke House in Virginia Beach can be yours for $3.75 million (great pix - we'll take it!).

•   "Genius of Place" is "good at shedding light on the less familiar aspects of Olmsted's life," portraying "an imperious and disagreeable workaholic" (even if "written in a cloyingly conversational voice").


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