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Today’s News - Friday, March 9, 2012

•   Hawthorne looks at what's happening in Japan a year after the earthquake and tsunami: "Architects are ahead of the government in planning," but "their efforts have so far garnered little support from politicians in Tokyo."

•   Hanscom on FEMA's push for disaster-proof green buildings along with a new report that looks at "climate resiliency" and identifies "the risks associated with a changing climate. The list looks like the 10 Plagues."

•   London's Shard will soon be trumped by Paris as home to Europe's tallest building (actually, there will be two).

•   Rose reviews the week (with much tongue-in-cheek): Foster's Paris towers; controversial Liverpool Waters scheme closer to reality; Aberdeen's vote on DS+R's Granite Web ("or "Teletubby Park", depending on whose side you're on"); the new Ferrari Museum is "vintage Kaplický"; and more.

•   Dvir looks at what might be in store for Tel Aviv's abandoned Dolphinarium that faces the wrecking ball to make way for waterfront towers (what else?!!?): "an unfortunate end to a fantastical architectural dream that never managed to fulfill its potential"; the architect is "hurt and pessimistic."

•   Olympic architects better play by the rules re: no publicizing their projects, or they could face prosecution: they "should have made more of a fuss two years ago."

•   Two NYC firms tapped to design two art fairs, hoping "to mitigate viewer fatigue and boost sales by bringing some clarity to the aisles upon aisles of art."

•   MoMA's Gadanho delves deeply into the "performance architecture of Didier Fiuza Faustino" (a long read; great pix).

•   U.K.'s 2012 Civic Trust Awards winners announced (a long list).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Kamin finds strengths (and weaknesses) in Tigerman's show at the Graham Foundation and the 81-year-old enfant terrible's "cleverly-titled" new book: his forte is commentary rather than construction...His whole career has been a revolt against 'build, don't talk.'"

•   King cheers early Golden Gate Bridge sketches at the California Historical Society that "are fun cultural artifacts that in real life would have been deadly," and prove "a truth that is never out of style: The best architecture knows when to leave well enough alone."

•   Speaking of bridges, the Dallas Center for Architecture is celebrating the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge with a Calatrava exhibition.

•   Two takes on NYC's Center for Architecture's two shows on Baghdad, 1952-1982, and current Middle East architecture: they "challenge assumptions about the region and provide some startling revelations" + models were built by students and professors at the University of Baghdad's architecture school - "their work was shrouded in secrecy."

•   Two (not so positive) takes on MoMA's "Foreclosed" show: Lerner is pleased to see "serious proposals...readily buildable" instead of "mile-high farming machines or magically floating street grids," but the unsatisfactory aspect "is its vagueness about the economic arrangements that would supposedly underpin these projects...The challenge is that it's not just about design."

•   While MoMA "wisely seized the chance to imagine a new future for the suburbs, the result, unfortunately, is absurd."

•   Rappaport's "Vertical Urban Factory: East Asia" at NYU's East Asian Studies Department asks: "can new factories and manufacturers present solutions that are economical, ecological, and socially sustainable for future East Asian cities?"

•   London's Royal Academy celebrates Hawksmoor 350th anniversary with an exhibition "exploring not the architect's working methods but his cultural legacy"; it's too bad its "hustled such promising material into what it optimistically calls its 'Architecture Space.'"

•   The two-volume "Pyongyang: Architectural and Cultural Guide" offers "a startling contrast between propaganda and the reality of life in North Korea - it could hardly be more timely" (amazing images!).

•   We couldn't resist: an eyeful of Sonja Hinrichsen's Snow Drawings in Colorado (also amazing).


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