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Today’s News - Friday, July 29, 2011

•   Weinstein finds Crosbie's framing of each architectural firm in "New York Dozen: Gen X Architects" extraordinary (full disclosure: yours truly wrote the foreword).

•   Plan to spend some time with a special report on smart cities: Big Bucky dreams + Singapore's "green road map" to become "a city in a garden" + London 2012 "might not be as transformative as planned," but its "legacy will be good. It can be great with a little extra effort."

•   Seattle is a poster child for redeveloping brownfields; now, if Congress doesn't cut EPA's throat, "for every dollar of federal money given to a brownfield project, $17 more is generated by private and other public investment."

•   Russell strolls the Bronx and finds "a building that could so easily have been a bureaucratic fortress" shows instead "how meaningful sensitive design can be" by architects who "were emboldened to trump the government-building norm."

•   Saffron, on the other hand, is sorely disappointed in plans for a new Philly tower with "architectureless architecture" that makes it look "like it got dressed in the dark."

•   Rosenbaum on the American Folk Art Museum's "bad-news day."

•   Moore says though Hadid's Aquatics Centre might be this week's architectural star (check out underwater pix!), "charming pop-ups on the Olympic periphery also deserve a look (and even though he might agree with Finch (see yesterday's news), "he should have kept his trap shut").

•   San Francisco sets its sight on completing a Veterans Memorial (it only took 90 years); don't expect a "man on pedestal wielding sword."

•   Q&A with Luca Zevi re: Rome's Holocaust Museum: "The belatedness of the Museo Nazionale della Shoah is emblematic of Italy's difficult confrontation with its fascist past."

•   Meanwhile, Croatia's Petrova Gora Modernist memorial to partisan victims of World War II is slowly disappearing (and no one seems to know why, exactly).

•   An eyeful of the 7 projects shortlisted for the 15th European Copper in Architecture Awards (great presentation).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Fulford finds "Architecture in Uniform" at the CCA a "remarkable" show with "startling juxtapositions."

•   Dobrzynski cheers "Supertall" at the Skyscaper Museum, which does "a great service to people who love tall buildings. Or, at least, looking at them."

•   In Minneapolis, a team of 10 architects ("boys in black that talk loud") put together "a curious, offbeat and unexpectedly engaging show."

•   "Bing Thom Works": for "anyone inspired by nature, his biophilic, environmentally-sustainable, and socially-conscious built sculptures are worth delving into."

•   Martin's Olmsted biography explains why he may "be the most important American historical figure that the average person knows least about" (+ great excerpt!).

•   Rybczynski's "My Two Polish Grandfathers - And Other Essays on the Imaginative Life": "Disarming, charming, sweet-natured, large-hearted - all these adjectives describe this little book, and I imagine they describe the architect-author as well."


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