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Today’s News - Monday, March 26, 2012

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•   ArcSpace brings us Caruso St John's Nottingham Contemporary + the Thomas Demand exhibition on view inside.

•   A lot of must-reads today: Berger bemoans the archibabble accompanying some of the designs from the ideas competition for Seattle Center: "Stop communing with the dematerialized inverted void and tell us in plain English what you really want to build."

•   A very plain-spoken assessment of three major redevelopment projects in Paris pulls no punches: they "will damage the well-being of all Parisians, far in excess of any contribution they will make."

•   Kimmelman's eloquent assessment of NYU's massive expansion plan that "has escalated into one of the city's most acrimonious land-use battles."

•   Heathcote traces eco-town plans back to their garden city roots: "With Britain's creaking infrastructure, crowded roads and hollowed-out city centers, it might be that the construction of 'garden cities' is a silly fantasy - a reaction to the wrong problem."

•   A long (and totally fascinating) look at what's really going on in the "jungleland" that is New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward: "Ecologically speaking, Katrina has created a monster."

•   Rochon takes a walk on a more civilized wild side - NYC's High Line - to see what ideas Canadian cities could borrow.

•   King makes a case for sidewalks, not asphalt at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, and worries that "in the rush to hold down costs and start construction this fall, the changes will be too timid."

•   Schumacher calls for Milwaukee to "remodel" rather than "bulldoze" the city's 1981 preservation ordinance that is "considered one of the best in the nation by experts," but has become "a symbol of ire."

•   Dvir delves deep into the contentious controversy swirling around the competition to design the new National Library in Jerusalem that has angered a lot of local talent; the library board chairman "begs to differ" (and hopes "the winner will be a young Israeli architect").

•   What's really behind the cancellation of Berlin's Guggenheim Lab: "Though initial reports implied that the threats issued from radicals angry over gentrification, the real story appears to be significantly more complicated."

•   A look at what's behind a seeming "golden age" for architecture in Spain and Portugal: will it continue?

•   Porter ponders the new King's Cross and the "uplifting power of ingenious design": it is "a fine example of what can be achieved when inspired architecture meets local activism...we no longer need to assert our modernity by competing with the past."

•   Kamin cheers the Wrigley Building's new owners who "intend to treat it the right way. This is the sort of enlightened marriage of preservation and economics that will ensure the long-term survival of a treasured Chicago icon."

•   Hanscom queries L.A.'s mayor, who "is about as green as they come," and finds out "how he's managed to stay green in a time when, as a famous frog once lamented, it's anything but easy."

•   Doig parses research that explains why cities are often considered "meaner" - "but for surprising reasons."

•   Brussat offers excerpts from Scruton's ode to architectural historian Watkin (a two-parter).

•   Phoenix rises to its own Modernism Week.

•   Call for entries: AIA|LA Restaurant Design Awards (registration deadline looms!).


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