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Today’s News - Thursday, January 12, 2012

•   Tributes are paid to John Madin, architect of the controversial (and now demolished) Birmingham Central Library: "Future generations will regret the loss of many of his fine buildings."

•   Two years after the earthquake, Haiti "is slowly moving from an aid-and-rescue approach towards comprehensive redevelopment."

•   Frog Design's Chipchase tries to answer the tricky question: "Do designers actually exploit the poor while trying to do good?"

•   As Helsinki takes on the mantle of World Design Capital 2012, Carr considers: "Is it something Australia should be looking at? Is it something it's even ready for?"

•   Dobrzynski cheers Philly's mayor with an arts plan: "With government support for the arts on the wane in most places, here's a city singing a different tune."

•   The new wing of Boston's Gardner Museum is ready for its close-up, though it was "not a stress-free march to the finish line" with an architect who didn't hesitate to make changes: "Renzo will be drawing until you take the pencil away from him" (lots of pix).

•   Campbell cogitates on Boston's old, now barely-there West End neighborhood that "persists as a memory palace": "I don't think there's a comparable example of neighborhood loyalty to be found anywhere in the U.S. There's a lesson here for architects and city planners."

•   Many wonder if a Chicago public housing project from the 1930s is worth preserving instead of demolishing for a mixed-use development: "residents fear the poor will be squeezed out," never mind its architectural significance and community-friendly design: "It's really beautiful. If it's not broke, don't fix it."

•   Beverly Hills (finally) establishes a preservation program for its historic architecture: "Cookie-cutter bigger is the best is absolutely not our mantra," says the mayor.

•   Brussat hands out his international Roses and Raspberries for 2011 to "buildings, people and events that moved the world as we know it closer to or farther from the world as we'd like to see it" (Gehry gets both; and a blushing Thank You for the lovely rose tossed to ANN!).

•   The gloves come off re: Gehry's Eisenhower memorial: the entire family has "officially called for a stop to the project all together," along with some flak from the NCAS: the "competition, planning, and design were and are irredeemably flawed...secretive, exclusive, elitist, and undemocratic" (ouch!).

•   O'Brien minces no words re: the project as well: "I suspect that we may just live in an age when glorifying avant-garde architects feels safer than honoring heroic generals. His exceptional leadership earned him a place among the capital's memorials. But not the place Frank Gehry has in mind."

•   McGuirk reports from Lenin's tomb and ponders: "is it time to bury Lenin's stage-managed show?" (a most amusing read).

•   Q&A with Hawkinson about The Speculation Studio's collaboration between architecture and real estate students that "explodes the myth that considering financial implications in a student design process will constrain creativity and innovation" - and "the return of big ideas."

•   Q&A with MoMA's new curator Gadanho re: his new role and the challenges facing architects today: "Maybe architects have to get out of that high place in academia or in the corporate office and go back in the streets and find work there."

•   An interesting profile of the "30-year-old underemployed architect" who, through Boffo, is now a "creative matchmaker" between young fashion designers and emerging architects.



  


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