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Today’s News - Friday, February 17, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: We will be taking a break for Presidents' Day on Monday, and will return Tuesday, February 21. Also of note (to us, anyway): ArchNewsNow launched 10 years ago (tomorrow), so every now and again throughout the year we'll be revisiting random ANN newsletters to see what was making headlines way back when. First up is the first: February 18, 2002 (primitive layout prior to now signature logo/layout courtesy of our oh-so-talented friends at Calori & Vanden-Eynden). Now it's on to the next decade!

•   Knight takes on all the "noise" coming from the National Civic Art Society's "McCarthyite attack" on Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial: "Seriously. Welcome to the 21st century."

•   Farrell puts forth a plan to demolish parts of Battersea Power Station to save it.

•   Move over Dia:Beacon: Koolhaas heads up the Hudson River to build a new Center for the Preservation of Performance Art in a "cavernous" former tennis center.

•   A proposal to build elevated islands on land to make Japanese towns tsunami-proof "is not just an architect's flight of fancy."

•   A Charlottesville local unhappy with a new bridge design that's "essentially what we have now" inspires UVA architecture and landscape architecture students to come up with their own visions.

•   Rose reviews the week, which includes diamond Damian's plans to build 500 eco-homes (glitz and dead animals not included - we hope).

•   Call for entries: 2012 EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement + Azure magazine's AZ Awards 2012 international design competition.

•   We couldn't resist: the "Best of New York Fashion Week Interpreted As Obscure Architecture" (very cool).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Bryan Bell minces no words about his disappointment with MoMA's "Foreclosed."

•   Rago, on the other hand, says the show "demonstrates the importance of involving architects and design practitioners in the early stages of development."

•   Goodyear finds that, though the designs in "Foreclosed" may never actually be built, they are "a meaningful addition to a conversation we've waited too long to have about the way we will live and work."

•   Jacobs tools around MCNY's "The Greatest Grid" (and some amusing tales of her tooling around some other cities and towns) and concludes NYC's original master plan is "actually a visionary piece of urban planning."

•   King cheers "'Safe Enough to Stay" at SPUR Urban Center, and the "ethereally sumptuous new monograph on Oakland's Cathedral of Christ the Light."

•   Heathcote hails "The Near and the Elsewhere" on view in London as a "striking exhibition" of a "compelling collection of works that depict our environment as something less benign than we might imagine."

•   Moore and McGuirk are both intrigued and inspired by the Design Museum's Designs of the Year 2012: "what stands out is a spirit of innovation - and a growing concern with social issues" (though Moore has doubts about Pawson's design for the museum's new home - and hopes he's proved wrong).

•   Zandberg finds Fenster's "Whose City is It? Planning, Knowledge and Everyday Life" a "thought-provoking" book that "uncovers the power struggle between residents and the planning authorities that has raged for decades."

•   Hanscom on Ross's "Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World's Least Sustainable City": it "holds lessons that will be of use to the rest of us."

•   Nobel cheers "Rem's love letter" to Japan's Metabolists: it's a "colorful," "free-ranging and fast-paced" journey.

•   10 years ago: ArchNewsNow Today: February 18, 2002: what we were reading about: Muschamp; Bing Thom; Libeskind; Stern; and more (not all links are still active, but you'll get the idea).


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