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Today’s News - Wednesday, July 13, 2011

•   We are saddened by the news that we've lost Larry Bogdanow, a master designer of "relaxed luxury" (and architect of some of our favorite places).

•   An excellent report on what's going on re: rebuilding Haiti (inspiring and depressing at the same time).

•   Today's must-read: architects as performance artists: "Might architects really be at risk of irrelevance?" (with enough archi-babble, just maybe yes).

•   From the other side of the Big Pond: a British architect "lashes out at 'suicide fees'."

•   A call to "rediscover our planning heritage" and re-imagine Garden Cities for the 21st century.

•   A call to save 1980s "architectural stars" - "buildings of the excess era" have too few friends.

•   Glancey cheers the prospect of Rogers/Piano's Lloyd's of London making Grade 1 status, "an honor this modern marvel deserves...this hi-tech interloper is a monument of our times."

•   An eyeful of Piano's planned $803 million waterfront cultural center in Greece (aiming for LEED Platinum - and totally privately funded).

•   Perhaps "many Dresdeners are appalled by the new architecture," but Libeskind's Military History Museum "will be an antiwar museum" (strong stomachs required).

•   Rosenbaum was "morbidly impelled" to visit the American Folk Art Museum on its last day, with the building's fate still unknown (it could be gutted or bulldozed - we hope not!): "Is the irascible Dr. Albert Barnes rising retributively from his grave?"

•   BMW snagged the Guggenheim "to foster sustainability" and be "a sort of ongoing focus group looking at the future of urban transportation," so it should be no surprise VW would get in on an artful act: "Das MoMA and das Auto will work together in a strong partnership."

•   Studio Gang tapped to design a new theater in suburban Chicago.

•   King x 2 re: San Francisco's parklet craze, offering "slivers of open space" that are "the most intriguing urban design innovation" in the city" - and "a far cry" from Rebar's "two-hour whim in 2005."

•   NEA announces inaugural Our Town Grants to 51 communities "that are supporting the arts as part of a community revitalization strategy."

•   Chaban cheers NYC's 2011 Public Design Award winners: "who says civic architecture has to be ugly?"

•   Call for entries: [HONG KONG] Alternative Car Park Tower open international ideas competition.

•   We couldn't resist: Yesterday, Google doodle celebrated Moscow's St. Basil's Cathedral; today, the "big G" doodle "celebrates the greatest architect you've never heard of": Sir George Gilbert Scott (though it seems only used in U.K. - that's one way to maintain such a reputation).


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