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Today’s News - Friday, September 14, 2012

•   We lose Guerrero, who captured the art of architecture through his photographs (with a slide show to prove it).

•   Goodyear reports on a new "economic development tool" that connects walkability with the economic bottom line to prove to developers and investors that walkable communities would be more profitable.

•   A look at how "the rapid trend of shrinking office space" might affect the evolution of skyscrapers.

•   Saffron makes the case for a new residential tower in Philly: its critics are missing "some obvious details" - it's "an unusually thoughtful, high-quality building that wants to be part of the neighborhood."

•   Bernstein on the good news/bad news re: two rail station revamps: "Riding Amtrak from Washington's Union Station to New York's Penn Station is a trip, architecturally speaking, from heaven to hell."

•   Two takes on Ban's visit to Adelaide to raise funds for earthquake-stricken Christchurch: "it was difficult to reconcile recent criticism of his 'Cardboard Cathedral' in Christchurch after hearing him speak."

•   AIA selects four projects for National Healthcare Design Awards.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Chan on Gadanho's curatorial debut at MoMA with "9 + 1 Ways of Being Political: 50 Years of Political Stances in Architecture and Urban Design": "In the end, architecture, like politics, is about negotiating the terms by which we live."

•   Birks finds MoMA's "The Century of the Child" a "monumental and - by and large - masterful undertaking."

•   Lewis lauds "Santiago Calatrava: the Quest for Movement" at Russia's Hermitage Museum: it "juxtaposes two radically different kinds of architecture. But what a pairing of panache and exuberance."

•   CCA's "Imperfect Health" opens in Pittsburgh tonight.

•   Moore marvels at "Lina Bo Bardi: Together" on view in London: "Passion and generosity drove the Brazilian architect to build structures that people really wanted."

•   Lange loves "Doris Duke's Shangri La" at NYC's Museum of Arts and Design: "The juxtapositions are everything museums have been telling us we shouldn't do. The ornamental revelry is everything modernists would never do" (and the rubies are spectacular).

•   Ghent, NY, hosts "a politically and aesthetic ground-breaking show" by two Havana-based architects who had never before left Cuba.

•   Norman Bel Geddes takes center stage in Austin, TX, in the first exhibit "to explore the full wingspan of his visionary designs for the utopian future he so fervently believed in" + curator Albrecht's book "takes a fresh look at the utopian dreamer."

•   Hatherley hails Moore's "Why We Build" (with just a few quibbles): "There is advocacy here, but not on behalf of any particular architectural style, ideology or period" and "outlines the dangers of mistaking an image of something for its actuality."

•   Grabar digs Hall's "Concrete": "it's about proving that concrete is a noble material. And prove it does: the eye candy here is enough to open the mind of any concrete skeptic."


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