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Today’s News - Thursday, July 14, 2011

•   We lose an architect who "left a legacy of elegant solutions and consensus building."

•   When NYC's 9/11 Memorial opens in September, "the approach will be more pedestrian than poignant...perhaps a fitting transition to a new era."

•   Jerusalem's Museum of Tolerance gets final go-ahead with "architecture that is modest and thoughtful, and contributes to the creation of a public space that is fitting for the area on a local and urban level" (though protests continue).

•   Bevan bemoans Australia's lack of a permanent architecture museum - or even a wing of a museum - but cheers - and has high hopes for what's happening in "a small warehouse in north Melbourne."

•   AIA has high hopes for a new database its developing that "would make available to potential investors projects that make economic sense but which lack the financing to be completed."

•   PlaNYC "is chock full of urgent and unassailable proposals for 'greening' the city, but is ultimately flawed" (is the problem "two conflicting agendas" within the Bloomberg administration?).

•   King finds "fervent advocates" (and a few ruffled feathers) re: San Francisco considering "rules for bird-safe architecture."

•   Hawthorne considers the karma of this weekend's "Carmageddon" in Los Angeles: it "will be generations' worth of chickens coming home to roost, a byproduct of decades of mass-transit obstructionism."

•   Arieff on the future of airports: "New terminals are less about the grand architectural statement...and more about giving travelers the feeling that they're comfortable and well-informed - that they're cared for" (we can only hope it's so).

•   Brake offers bravos for Denari's HL23 that "bulges out" over the High Line: the "muscular little building is formally dynamic without feeling's a building to puzzle over, and a delight to voyeurs and architecture lovers alike."

•   Almost 20 years later, Kanner's Koreatown apartment building in L.A. that he called a "ham-and-Swiss-cheese sandwich of white-bread Modernism with a filling of L.A. funk" still "irks and inspires" (we'll take one! hold the pickle...).

•   A judge halts renovations to Bunshaft's Manny Hanny landmarked interior on Manhattan's Fifth Ave. (but will it hold?).

•   NPR looks at "landmarks of outer space-inspired" architecture and why we're still enthralled: "Perhaps it reminds us of a moment when people believed the future was inevitably going to be better; that technology would nestle us among the stars, and our best instincts would rescue us from our worst" (t'would that it t'were so).

•   Rio's 2016 Olympic Port competition names a winner (more interesting are the comments that follow - something to keep an eye on, or just sour grapes?).

•   Eyefuls of Core77 Design Awards unfolding over the next few days - live!

•   Happy Bastille Day / Joyeux Quatorze Juillet!!! (another Google doodle - en français aujourd'hui)


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