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Today’s News - Friday, October 14, 2011

•   Cleveland is the poster child for cities dealing with the foreclosure crisis: "the story behind the recent wave of demolitions is novel - and cities around the country are taking notice."

•   A new initiative invites artist-led teams to propose visions for the future of NYC's Long Island City.

•   Russell gets "lost in greenery that has replaced flat, crumbling-concrete warehouse docks" in MVVA's Brooklyn Bridge Park; "the more unruly it becomes, the better."

•   Kennicott chronicles the "hostile questions" posed to Gehry re: his Eisenhower memorial design that is "more radical, innovative and unsettling" than the previous version, "trying to break with centuries of tradition in the aesthetics of memorialization."

•   Brake finds that Zumthor and Bourgeois's memorial to those who died during a spate of witchcraft persecutions in the 17th century in Norway "reminds us that we should never be comfortable relegating collective violence against individuals to the history books."

•   Libeskind's Museum of Military History in Dresden is "an arsenal for dissent" and "a study in contrasts appropriate to a nation grappling with its violent past."

•   Rockwell's "thoughtful design strategies pay off" for the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

•   A Brit-bash-Brit kind of day in the U.K. (how sad!): Farrell hits out at Foster's estuary airport scheme.

•   Adam claims "planning terrorism" in rival HKR's "run-of-the-mill" proposals for West Quay in Poole harbor and puts forth his own tower-free alternative.

•   Allies & Morrison blasts Marks Barfield over rival Elephant & Castle plan claiming "predatory" behavior (ouch, ouch, and ouch!).

•   On a brighter note, NZIA Auckland Architecture Awards produces a "bumper crop" of winners: the "economy may be fragile but architecture has rarely been healthier."

•   U.K. picks a Dane in pylon design competition; two runners-up could end up winners, too.

•   We couldn't resist: Dobrzynski muses on a press release she thought might have been from The Onion - but wasn't: "it's unclear exactly what the Guggenheim will get for lending its name and prestige to house paint."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Heathcote has a good time at "OMA/Progress" at the Barbican: "OMA are actually much better at building than this show ever indicates. But to show that would have been too boring."

•   Nance is entranced by "Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention" at the Art Institute of Chicago: in the city's "dense forest of great towers, none has quite the visual impact - the surprise, the evocative cheek, the sheer joyful gall of his Marina City."

•   Corbu returns to Istanbul after 100 years.

•   Cooper-Hewitt's "Design with the Other 90%: CITIES" opens at the U.N. tomorrow (if you can't see the show, this is a terrific presentation).

•   Sukkah City STL presents 10 cutting-edge Sukkahs on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis (link to great presentation).

•   LaBarre cheers a retrospective of "goofy mavericks of design-art" in the Netherlands.

•   Festival of Lights dresses Berlin's landmarks and monuments in spectacular light.

•   "Soviet Modernism: 1955-1985" proves the period was not "a mere copy of the Western modernist movement," but "a time for great ingenuity and independence of ideas and truly outstanding and radical architecture (great pix).


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