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Today’s News - Friday, December 7, 2012

•   Wainwright weighs in twice on Niemeyer: "The man behind the monuments: Baroque buttocks, cardboard phalluses" + Starchitects and critics pay tribute (and link to a special Niemeyer section).

•   The Atlantic revisits Schwarz's 2008 review essay that appraises Niemeyer's life and work, which "continues to enchant and appall students of architecture and urban planning."

•   Goldberger writes glowingly about H&deM's "wonderful" Parrish Art Museum: "A museum that evokes barns and lofts might, in lesser hands, be a bit hokey. They have produced a building of clarity, dignity, and exuberance."

•   Parramatta selects 19 urban design concepts for 15 sites that "aim to map out the future" of the city's center (links to great website and e-book).

•   Hume x 2: he hails "the Big Apple's extreme pedestrianism" that has made "New York one of the most exciting cities on the planet. In Toronto, that remains the road not taken."

•   And he has high hopes for Toronto's dream of having its own High Line with the launch of the Green Line initiative, "an opportunity whose time has come; whether we seize it or not remains to be seen."

•   Call for entries: Toronto's Green Line Ideas Competition (international).

•   Heathcote is heartened by his experience as co-chair of this year's FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action program, though it "threw up a number of difficulties in the judging process," which "have prompted us to make some changes for next year's submissions."

•   Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Mayne, Greenstreet, and Anderson take top AIA 2013 awards (our heartiest congrats to all!).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Bernstein queries Tunkey re: his "provocative" exhibition "UnMade in China": "Some of the architects in the videos are more blunt than even I would have been" (great slide show).

•   Lifson cheers the Art Institute of Chicago's "anti-retrospective" of Studio Gang: "The firm is too nimble to be caught in a snapshot, and too collaborative to pin down. The visitor would do well to go see the honest-to-goodness built work...and one's optimism in the city is renewed."

•   Freeman is hopeful for the future of a cultural exchange program presenting emerging Cuban designers at Architecture Omi in upstate New York: it is "a reminder that the arts community can help to reverse the harmful and pointless political and economic estrangement between the U.S. and Cuba" - though one designer is now seeking asylum - it's too early to say if the program will be affected.

•   WMF Britain's Foyle inhales "The Art of Scent" at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC: "we may be approaching a new age of nostril-quivering architecture."

•   Brussat gives two thumbs-ups to "WaterFire: Art & Soul of a City": it is "the best sort of documentary" that shows "the mainstay of Providence's civic renaissance, arises from the architectural beauty and the almost perfectly realized urbanism."

•   Peirce, Benfield, and Dale all find Speck's "Walkable City" to be a real page-turner: "he has seen a lot of urban disasters in his career. But the thrust of his book is anything but downbeat"; and "loaded with illustrative stories and humor."

•   ROM's Browne recommends two tomes: Goldberger's eloquent "Why Architecture Matters," and Frederick's "101 Things I Learned in Architecture School": "When I read it, I thought, 'I didn't need five years of architecture school; I could have done it in two.'"

•   Patt's "How to Architect" is an A-B-C book that "explains architecture to those not so creatively inclined as well as to those looking to reignite their inspiration."


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