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Today’s News - Thursday, August 2, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: We'll be taking Fridays and Mondays off for the rest of August. We'll be back Tuesday, August 7. Happy Weekend!

•   We'll admit to a slight obsession with the London Olympics (should we fear LOCOG?): RIBA's Brady reaches out to Olympic sponsors to "lighten up" about the architectural gag order: "London is the centre of a civilized world city - not the pit of corporate greed."

•   Despite the marketing ban, some firms report a "boost in client enquiries" because of their involvement.

•   Chan gives Gold Medals to the "built-to-last infrastructure...thoughtfully designed energy centers and pumping stations will continue to serve East London, reviving the heroism of civic projects."

•   Brussat, not surprisingly, cheers the athletes who shine despite the architecture, and East Enders who "hope that 'temporary' and 'portable' will not be broken promises."

•   Glancey finds the ArcelorMittal Orbit "breathtaking - but is it art? looms like some gigantic Meccano model of a praying mantis made on Mars" (but at least it's cheaper to get to the top than the Shard).

•   On our own side of the Big Pond, Stoelker brings us an eyeful of Arquitectonica's Revel in Atlantic City's that "aims to turn around a tired genre, and a city": it is a "shocking departure from casino protocol" (ocean views!), "but there are signs that the complex is not playing nice with its urban context."

•   Lamster takes a long look at the future of libraries: "for all their supposed obsolescence, they remain vital places" even though printed material "is not always the primary draw" (great read).

•   Call for Entries: Posters for "Beyond Zuccotti Park" exhibition at NYC's Center for Architecture + Generation Kingspan Student Architectural Design Competition.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Zara uses Denver Art Museum's "Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + the Architecture of Flight" to parse the "new architectural wisdom of airports" (iPads and Ikea included).

•   Rinaldi finds the show "tight and informative" - and Fentress himself an architect who doesn't deal in archi-babble: "One of his personal design principles is that it ought to be easy to find the front door."

•   An eyeful of what's on view in "Oh, Plastiksack!" at the Gewerbemuseum just outside of Zurich that features "30-something artists interpreting the humble bag in unnatural, funny or menacing ways."

•   MOMA's "Century of the Child" is an "intriguing exhibition" that explores the "confluence of modern design and childhood."

•   The summer installation of the winning entry in Rome's MAXXI Young Architects Program "responds to the current public health crisis by offering an alternative solution to traditional urban furniture that choreographs exercise and play" (we wanna play too!).

•   Rochas STEREO.BOT at SCI-Arc "documents the largest customized structure in the U.S. featuring interactive 3D projection mapping content, designed for the 2012 Coachella Music Festival."

•   Austin Williams takes issue with "The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London's Olympic State": the 'original Dissenters had a vision of a better world, whereas our contemporary ranters are just complaining."

•   Farago has a few issues with Sinclair's "Ghost Milk," but it does "remind us that a city is a living thing, not a branding opportunity" (and at least it "costs rather less than £24 billion") + In a Q&A, Sinclair "bemoans what the construction of Olympic Park has done to his East London neighborhood."

•   Lifson lauds Lai's "Citizens of No Place," a graphic novel of "intensely beautiful, whimsical, and profound graphic stories on architecture and urbanism. It's as if the Little Prince grew up to become an architect."

•   "Eames: The Architect and the Painter" is "a touching an insightful film."


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