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Today’s News - Friday, June 8, 2012

•   Bullivant and Glancey offer most eloquent and thoughtful pre-post-mortems on the future of London's Olympic development sites, with hopes that a "kind of rhizomatic, grassroots growth will embed this new piece of city into London's vast and evolving territory" - and that "a revival of intelligent and likable architecture and design...might still emerge when the circus has moved out of town" (the must-reads of the day).

•   Russell cheers NYC's "park-building renaissance, with inventive design going well beyond trees and grass" (with credit to the High Line spurring "an economic bounce arguably greater than the 'Bilbao effect'").

•   Foster and Holl on board to design the next Maggie's Centres in Manchester and London.

•   Living Building Challenge takes top honors in 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge: "Bucky's probably watching down from the great geodesic dome in the sky - proud."

•   Call for entries: Arch League/NY Transit Museum's Moleskine Grand Central Terminal Sketchbook competition.

•   Q&A with Peter Cook re: the new architecture school at Queensland's Bond University and the 'memory' that is Archigram (a great read).

•   Foges finds Heatherwick's studio "like stepping into a Renaissance cabinet of curiosities" - and the architect now keen on taking on whole cities.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Speaking of Heatherwick, Woodman finds his V&A show "to be full of engagingly daft ideas" and "some particularly inane schemes for large buildings" - he "wants to be an architect too," but "on the basis of the evidence in this show that may prove more of a stretch."

•   Moore has some problems with the wunderkind as well: while "there is no doubting Heatherwick's talent and appeal," is there really a there there? + the Serpentine Pavilion "promises to be a nice place to hang out," but it doesn't quite achieve "everything the concept promises."

•   Berg queries Walter re: his maps of London below the surface on view at the London Transport Museum: Is a hand-drawn map a better map? "Yes, it is a living thing."

•   "New Practices New York" competition winners on view at NYC's Center for Architecture puts the spotlight on the next generation of design leaders.

•   The festival hub for Toronto's Luminato dons animatronic fans and windsocks that "swivel and rotate, swell and deflate, all while changing in color and intensity in response to live music" (starting tonight!).

•   "Let's Talk About Bikes" at BSA Space in Boston explores the "enormous growth in bike infrastructure and ridership" in cities across the globe, and how its changing urban realms.

•   A Meier retrospective in Mexico City offers a look at his "design philosophy as a whole and in depth."

•   "Judith Turner: The Flatness of Ambiguity" at the UMMA in Ann Arbor offers an in-depth look at her 30-year career photographing buildings by some of the major architects of our time.

•   An eyeful of Chicago's newest (and largest) public art piece, "Color Jam" (every city should have one!).

•   Gatley's "Athfield Architects" solidifies the architect's reputation as the man who "helped change the face of Wellington" by linking "the functional with playful shapes and spaces" to produce a number of "extraordinary buildings."

•   McGuirk is intrigued by "Home-Made Europe: Contemporary Folk Artifacts," an eye-catching "catalogue of human resourcefulness."

•   An amazing eyeful of what can be found in Meuser's "Architectural and Cultural Guide Pyongyang."


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