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Today’s News - Friday, February 15, 2013

•   Not a very cheery news day for fans of Brutalist icons: preservationists concede defeat in efforts to save Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital (needless to say, Northwestern University is "pleased" by their decision).

•   Rosenbaum reports that Rudolph's Orange County Government Center may not be saved after all (leave it to politicians...).

•   Saffron says, "Given the trials that have befallen other important Brutalist buildings, it's not too early to start worrying about the future" of Philly's Police Administration Building (a.k.a. the Roundhouse).

•   A planner brings "no timid plans" to a small Texas town: "Planning, in the absence of examining market conditions, ought to be considered malpractice."

•   New images and more details re: Snøhetta's addition to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Speaking of SFMOMA, with "Lebbeus Woods, Architect" set to open, we couldn't resist Kwinter on Woods: "All that he did, said, or wrote, every ounce of work, was directed toward imagining and constructing a worldly city, and through this imagined city...a soul."

•   Woods "drew complex worlds that wouldn't be out of place in 'Alien' tinged with a dystopian edge" (both with great images!).

•   "White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes" at Yale "documents six unconventional museums, sculpture parks, and art spaces that defy "the titular 'white cube' of 20th-century curatorial tradition" (photographed by Baan, no less).

•   The Art Institute of Chicago celebrates Picasso and his surprisingly extensive local legacy - including working with architects.

•   Heathcote finds that Wentworth's "Black Maria" installation at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design "builds on all the particularities of this strange and new place."

•   Sudjic on his "Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things" at the Design Museum: unless you know the how and why something is made, putting it "on a plinth in a museum as if it were a piece of mass-produced sculpture doesn't make much sense."

•   Sokol cheers Hosey's "The Shape of Green": it's a "sophisticated rallying cry" and "a nascent toolbox for the next generation of eco-architects."

•   Miller's "China's Urban Million" explores how China is fast approaching urban disaster: "We're creating a huge urban underclass of people who can't function in the society."

•   Jacobs agrees with much (but not all) of "an improbably cheerful little tract" by futurist Alex Steffen: it's "less a work of revolutionary thinking than it is an updating of best practices. And that's precisely its value."

•   Beck's "Principles of Ecological Landscape Design" offers "a daunting proposition": our ecosystems "will not endure without our conscious assistance."

•   Weston finds much to admire in Pallasmaa's "Encounters II" - but it "relies heavily on cryptic terminology" that "tends towards the grandiloquent."



  


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