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Today’s News - Tuesday, February 14, 2012

•   Geiger explains the genesis of an economical yet artful amenity for Orlando's public transit passengers.

•   Iovine and Doig mince no words about Republican efforts to gut public transit funding because "transit smacks of the public sector, social engineering and alternative lifestyle" - "so urban planning finds itself on the hit list of un-American activities" (where does that leave all us MetroCard/Oyster card/etc.-carrying "urban elites"?!!?).

•   On a brighter note, Bruegmann makes some progress in restoring the reputation of D.C. Metro's designer, Weese: "one of the great, but nearly totally forgotten, masters of modern American architecture."

•   Davidson finds MoMA's "Foreclosed" a "small but magnificently ambitious new show...though, a whiff of colonialism blows through the project, with its corps of city-based experts venturing into suburbia."

•   Bernstein, on the other hand, left the show "with newfound optimism about what architecture can do" (though 2,500 square feet "is too little for a show this rich. MoMA should consider rehousing 'Rehousing'").

•   Kamin x 2: he zooms in on Studio Gang's ideas for Cicero, IL, in "Foreclosed": would it work "in the real world? The point is: Who is this design for?"

•   He assesses two Navy Pier proposals that "rise above the rest - one's a Big Move, the other a Creative Tweak" (and both hits and misses among the other designs).

•   Lanks on BIG's big win in Park City, Utah, with a "log cabin" arts center that "twists like a Jenga stack" (great presentation of all the contenders).

•   Dvir on a new arts center for Ashkelon, Israel, that will have "the aura of an unusual sculpture" meant to create a "lively, festive place," but "this declaration does not exactly correlate with the center's location: far from the downtown area."

•   Gray looks into potential plans for Houston's "alabaster beauty" of a 1960s post office (and its 16 acres of prime real estate): preservationists fear ULI's student competition could "encourage razing it and starting with a clean slate" (great Stoller pix!)

•   It looks like a long-standing big hole in Boston where a Filene's once stood is about to filled in: "we're going from a train wreck to a celebration in one move."

•   Rinaldi spends some time with Christo at meetings where he's denounced as "an enemy of nature"; but "he is more of a businessman. He talks nonstop about the product he is pushing called "Over the River," and he lets you know he can take the heat."

•   The 2012 IMCL International Urban Revitalization Award goes to Ecuador's nation-wide program "The Plaza: A Place of Encounter" (great presentation - and much fodder for thought for all socially-conscious "urban elites").

•   Jacobs sizes up the T+L Design Awards 2012 (familiar names, but refreshingly not-so-familiar projects).

•   Call for entries: HOMEless: waste /price/poverty (winners will be honored and exhibited at the Salone del Mobile in Milan).

•   One we couldn't resist: 15 Sublime Pink Buildings - Happy Valentine's Day!


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