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Today’s News - Thursday, August 16, 2012

EDITOR'S NOTE: Just a reminder that we're taking Fridays and Mondays off for the rest of August. We'll be back Tuesday, August 21. Happy Weekend!

•   Q&A with Nicole Migeon: a background in fine arts developed into her architectural style of "warm minimalism."

•   A look at how burgeoning urban centers are making natural disasters deadlier (a lot of very informative/interesting links).

•   Bentley offers an in-depth look at the "Rust Belt rebound" going on in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati - "but is the deck stacked against them?" (hopefully not!)

•   Jerusalem approves a cluster of 12 skyscrapers - not all are pleased (and please don't block view of Calatrava's bridge!).

•   A long-delayed mixed-use project in Houston is finally underway.

•   Chicago taps SOM to explore the redevelopment of the 37-acre Michael Reese Hospital site.

•   Mariinsky II in St. Petersburg on track to open next year, though many in the "local architectural community criticized the design for its devastating lack of personality."

•   Salt Lake City picks HKS /Pelli Clarke Pelli team for its new Utah Performing Arts Center.

•   Altabe minces no words about modern museum design, where "form doesn't follow function anymore" - case in point: Gehry's "newest tin foil-like extravaganza" for Panama's BioMuseo.

•   Brussat continues his bravos for Signorelli and Salingaros's tirade about the tyranny of modernism: "My only complaint is that their excellent essay is still far too easy on modernism."

•   A report on the "remarkable" Burbank Senior Artists Colony in Los Angeles that combines low-cost housing with serious arts training for the elderly.

•   One we couldn't resist: McMansions making their mark atop a shopping mall in China (we kid you not!).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   WUHO in Hollywood presents a 25-year retrospective of the Los Angeles Forum for Urban Design and Architecture.

•   Hanley hails MoMA's "Century of the Child": it is "thoroughly researched and playfully presented...surprising and fun."

•   Berger is less impressed with GSD students' proposals to redevelop a segment of the Chicago River: it might be "chock-full of interesting ideas," but you better be "well versed in deciphering the kinds of materials architecture students prepare for their studio projects" to understand them.

•   "Horizon" sits on a hill in New Zealand: "a curious mix of expectation, distance, chance and brain circuitry. And, in this case, delight."

•   An excerpt from Moore's "Why We Build" deconstructs "the mysterious ways in which buildings shape our lives."

•   Lovins/RMI's "Reinventing Fire" may not be a light read, but it is an important one, offering "lots of low-hanging fruits that could be quite lucrative if grabbed, and it tells you where to look for them."

•   Dvir finds Peled's "Architecture: The Arab Home as Social Text" an important "architectural study of the extravagant Arab villas in the north of Israel"; their "extroverted design reflects a society experiencing an identity crisis."

•   A Toronto artist creates a new board game that "gives you the thrills and chills of urban renewal" (we'll add it to our Christmas wish list!).



  


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