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Today’s News - Friday, August 5, 2011

EDITOR'S NOTE: We'll be taking Monday's and Friday's off for the rest of August. We'll be back Tuesday, August 9. Happy Weekend!

•   Eyre weighs in on the Trad vs. Rad kerfuffle (a.k.a. Traditional Architecture Group vs. Paul Finch): "There is no modernist conspiracy in how we judge architecture."

•   Rybczynski bemoans security concerns trumping the "architectural grace" of grand public buildings: "the open-handed public entrance is an endangered species."

•   Louisville's arts community bemoans the demise of REX Architecture's long-anticipated Museum Plaza project.

•   A look at how Texas cities are "turning planning upside down" when it comes to creating lively new public spaces.

•   Saffron cheers Philly's first foray into transforming parking spots into parklets - and hopes the trend continues.

•   Merrick gets a preview of McAslan's new vision for the grande dame of Victorian rail at King's Cross, "a fine fusion of architecture and engineering," and "a triumph of determination over constraints."

•   Allies & Morrison tapped to design a little sister for Shakespeare's Globe theater (roof included).

•   We couldn't resist: a terrific video of the High Line Part Deux.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Two takes on BMW Guggenheim Lab opening (a passed-out drunk included), and lots of Q&A's with the key players.

•   Q&A with "The Life And Death Of Buildings" curator Joel Smith re: his Princeton exhibit for the 10th anniversary of 9/11: "he gravitated towards images of buildings aging in exactly the way that the Twin Towers never will" (amazing images!).

•   A new exhibit (and "weighty art book") puts "Chicago's Gaudi" in the (long over-due) spotlight.

•   Mays marvels over "Utopia Forever": while a few of the projects "are intellectual entertainments," many are "serious bids to address pressing contemporary issues...It's good to know that architects are pondering the future mindfully."

•   Hawthorne hails Waldie's spare, poetic "Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir" and Jencks' ode to those who make up "the core of the so-called L.A. School."

•   Q&A with Mehrotra re: his new book "Architecture in India 1990-2010," how "impatient capital" shapes a city's skyline, and why the future of Mumbai looks "grim."

•   Dyckhoff gets two thumbs-up's for his "The Secret Life of Buildings" adventure in TV land: "like the rest of us, he's not happy...contemporary architects - not to mention critics, politicians - have forgotten what buildings are for" + It's "an intriguing and thought provoking" show.


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