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Today’s News - Monday, February 27, 2012

•   ArcSpace brings us an eyeful of CCA's "Alturas de Macchu Picchu: Martín Chambi - Álvaro Siza at work," and UNStudio's Kutaisi Airport.

•   De Monchaux draws some fascinating parallels between economic and architectural "austerity" (a.k.a. minimalism): we tend to forget that both contain hidden costs.

•   Rochon delves into a controversial study that "has caused a serious rethink of the glassy skyscrapers": they may be "tall, thin, curvy, gorgeous" but many are "heating the winter sky."

•   Schumacher reflects on MoMA's "Foreclosure" from her Milwaukee perch and ponders "what are the roles that museums and curators can play in addressing the issues of the day?"

•   Doig x 2: there's "plenty of low-hanging fruit and low-tech fixes" that could attract boomer retirees to cities instead of suburbs that would help with upcoming "boomer retirement crisis."

•   He looks into plans for a massive mall that "could overwhelm the artistic downtown" of Athens, Georgia, that has "the average Athenian talking more like an urban planner" in arguing that "scale and design can matter more than the name of the store" (how refreshing!).

•   In Philadelphia, Saffron tackles the often contentious debate of what to do with the massive I-95 that cuts the city off from the waterfront + Steinberg has high hopes for the future of the "lower reaches of the Schuylkill River" that "have been nearly cut off from the city by a tourniquet of infrastructure."

•   Heathcote weighs in on London's Olympic Village: "This is housing on the scale and density that architects and planners have been demanding for decades," but will it remain "a gated enclave, or perhaps it will grow into a piece of real London."

•   Welton gives two thumbs-up to AIANC's new Center for Architecture and Design: it's "an embassy for architecture" that "behaves like the skilled diplomat it was designed to be...through careful example, coupled with bold action."

•   Lewis gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Safdie's U.S. Institute of Peace: it's seeming "austerity gives way to perceived whimsy" (except for that "sharply pointed piece of roof" that looks "unwelcoming and menacing").

•   Kennicott is taken by the new Mob Museum in Las Vegas, where the design plays "a delicate game, harvesting the lurid while sowing the seeds of learning" (most of the time, anyway).

•   Q&A with OMA's Shigematsu re: Abramovic's Center for the Preservation of Performance Art in Hudson, NY (budget? What budget?).

•   Rawsthorn cheers the reopening of Mies's Villa Tugendhat in Brno: "visitors will discover that, innovative though it is in style and structure, the house is deeply traditional in other respects."

•   Rose reviews the week that includes a "closer look at a cutting-edge cafe in Japan may leave you spluttering into your coffee."

•   One we couldn't resist: The Nine Eyes of Google Street View is a collection of "the strange and beautiful images Google wasn't expecting you to see."

•   Tschumi receives the The Annual: 2012 National Academy Award for Excellence.

•   Call for entries: Pinup2012: Student Competition in all design fields (caveat: if you're not an Apple-ite, you'll have to "borrow an iPhone or iPad for 20 minutes" which we find rather irksome).


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