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Today’s News - Wednesday, June 20, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: Travel plans mean there will be no newsletter tomorrow or Friday, but we will return Monday, June 25. Also please note that we will be posting from a different time zone (3 hours behind NYC) through July 3.

•   Weinstein channels Albert C. Barnes, who offers his critical response to the new Barnes - "but only on the condition that his remarks remain unedited. This transcript respects his requirement."

•   Tributes begin for Günther Domenig, an Austrian architect of "highly expressionistic projects."

•   Congress pulls the plug on 2013 funding for the Eisenhower Memorial Commission - needless to say, "a major victory" for opponents.

•   Kennicott begs to differ: the memorial "is one of the few truly innovative memorial designs of the last half century," and years from now, "people will wonder: How did a debate about a memorial to Eisenhower turn into a general cultural trashing of Frank Gehry?"

•   Bernstein reports on plans moving forward for Boston's 23-acre mixed-use "innovation district" on the waterfront (there are some concerns).

•   Dattner/Grimshaw's Via Verde affordable housing complex in the South Bronx is changing the face of the neighborhood - in good ways; "just as important as the finished product is the process that produced it."

•   Birnbaum tackles what the "real High Line effect" can affect: "it's not an isolated success story" - but there could be more if "polarizing" preservationists and developers/designers would stop "facing off like sumo wrestlers. That's an artificial divide."

•   Piano is just the latest starchitect commissioned to add to the firmament of design treasures being amassed at a French vineyard (now we know where Gehry's '08 Serpentine Pavilion landed).

•   The China Pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale will showcase architects using "a simple and philosophical way to discuss the essence of architecture."

•   AfH launches I Love Architecture charity auction featuring contributions from 50 of the world's top architects and designers (who isn't on the list?!!?).

•   One we couldn't resist: architecture students rescue a bee colony, designing and building them a very cool-looking new waterfront home in Buffalo (by all reports, the bees are very happy).

•   Call for applications: the Design Management Institute is "seeking an exceptional leader" to be its next president.

•   Call for entries: BMW Guggenheim Lab/GOOD "City Forward" international competition: How would you transform a public space in your city to make it more comfortable?

•   Weekend diversions (a bit early):

•   Kennicott has a rush of mixed feelings about Roche's architectural legacy on view at the National Building Museum: "At the heart of Roche's career and this exhibit is a fundamental question: What does it mean to serve power?"

•   NYC's Storefront presents "Aesthetics / Anesthetics: on birds, axonometries, children, green, comics and 30 Storefronts," with commissioned drawings by an impressive list of famous and the up-and-coming architects and firms.

•   London's Museum of Architecture presents "Home: Contemporary Architectural Interpretations of the Home in the Arab World."

•   In Bridgeport, CT, "Architecture: Art, Science and Energy" shows off architectural advances in design, energy conservation, and sustainability by some notable firms.


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