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Today’s News - Thursday, April 5, 2012

EDITOR'SNOTE: We'll be celebrating our 10th ANNiversary at the Center for Architecture this evening! So, we've decided to gift ourselves the day off tomorrow - a good Friday to take off (since it's also Good Friday). We'll be back Monday, April 9.

•   Weinstein is swept away by windswept designs in two new books and an art installation.

•   Five ways to be a part of National Architecture Week.

•   Big dreams to turn the soon-to-be defunct (well, maybe not soon) Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson into a three-mile, 30-acre park, but some experts are doubtful (oh ye of little faith).

•   Benfield is optimistic about new trends in urban housing: "smart growth is here to stay."

•   Kamin weighs in on Preservation Chicago's "Chicago Seven" list of endangered building (there are actually more than 7 this year).

•   Brussat is disappointed in Duany's defense of Graves getting the Driehaus - he stayed away from the celebration "in part because I didn't want to play the skunk at a garden party I would normally seek to venerate."

•   "Team Canada" named for this year's Venice Biennale.

•   An amazing slide show of the 21 of the ugliest buildings in the world (a tower "adorned with sculptures of crawling babies"??!!?).

•   Call for entries: best private plots - Die besten Gärten 2012 international design competition for the best sustainable residential landscapes anywhere in the world.

•   We couldn't resist: a 1950s propaganda film by General Motors: "more parking, lane miles was automaker's prescription at mid-century, with a cameo from Robert Moses."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Iovine cheers "City of Mirages: Baghdad, 1952-1982" at NYC's Center for Architecture, a "small but intense exhibition" that "leaves a more lasting impression not of rubble but of the extraordinary joint effort across cultures to lift a nation through architecture."

•   Lange sits down for a Q&A with FLW's favorite photographer Guerrero about to take center stage at the WUHO Gallery in L.A. + Q&A with the show's curator.

•   Hawthorne and Hess give two thumbs-up to Cliff May retrospective: "the most intriguing question the show explores is how May was able to win over the broad home-buying audiences that purer modernists never could" + his success "clearly challenges the narrow notion that modernism and history are irreconcilable."

•   An Auckland architect's parallel career as a cartoonist skewers "the excesses of the profession, council bureaucracy, contractors and clients."

•   "Our House Is Round" is a new environmental picture book that explains "pollution, climate change, energy conservation, and natural resources in engaging, child-friendly ways" (a good gift for a few naysayers we know).



  


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