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Today’s News - Friday, February 1, 2013

•   It's a heady line-up of finalists in the running for the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award (click on images for great presentations).

•   Stalled plan for Gehry's WTC arts center gets a boost (with hopes of reducing the price tag).

•   Chicago stars will shine along the Mississippi waterfront in the "largest single multi-use development in Illinois," charged with designing 130 acres "in anyway they chose."

•   Grand Central Terminal turns 100 tomorrow - how better to celebrate than with a fab excerpt from Sam Roberts' new book on the grand (and our favorite) place!

•   Hay has high hopes that "perceptions just might be changing" in a fascinating essay defending Brutalism: "It seems poised for a comeback."

•   Wise introduces us to Mussolini's Sabaudia, just north of Rome: it "survives as a fascinating reminder of a despotic ideology, and of its innovative experiment in architecture and town planning."

•   Activists hope to save an old Warsaw Ghetto building that community leaders would rather see "torn down to make way for a multistory tower."

•   10 things you must know about architectural copyrights ("imitation could be a very costly endeavor").

•   Weekend diversions (and lots of 'em!):

•   Russell, Davidson, and Goodyear weigh in on MCNY's "Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers": "These are not places for pack rats, as the show makes amusingly, abundantly clear" + Bloomberg "could be the mayor who brought New York the 21st century flophouse" + the show is "so enticing, you'll want to move in."

•   Wainwright finds a bit of disappointment in "Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things" at London's Design Museum: its "new permanent collection already seems dated."

•   Chan's Q&A with Bone, curator of "Lessons from Modernism" at Cooper Union: "this oft-misunderstood movement championed a surprisingly relevant agenda to find harmony with the natural world."

•   Now Pittsburgh has the chance to "explores the collision of fear, health, and urbanism in the 20th century" as CCA's "Imperfect Health" takes up residence at Carnegie Mellon.

•   In NYC, "Seismic Shifts: 10 Visionaries in Contemporary Art and Architecture" at the National Academy (we saw it - some amazing visions, indeed).

•   "Ezra Stoller: Beyond Architecture" highlights his "eye for capturing industry, technology, transportation and working-class Americans at mid-century."

•   Time is running out to help kickstart "Never Built: Los Angeles" at the A+D Museum: "Welcome to bizarro L.A."

•   30 of "the best architecture documentaries which will provoke, intrigue and beguile" (great trailers, but no mention of BWAF's "A Girl is a Fellow Here"?!!?).

•   Saunders and others explore the work of China's Olmsted in "Designed Ecologies: The Landscape Architecture of Kongjian Yu."

•   Filler finds much to laugh about in "Batman: Death by Design": it's "an acidic indictment of the present-day cult of architectural stardom" with a "scathing portrayal of a Netherlandish master builder named Kem Roomhaus" (a great read).

•   Szenasy cheers "Hand-Drying in America": Katchor's books titles alone "signal that you are about to enter the zany world of an inventive and original mind."


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