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Today’s News - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

•   Capps digs deep into the evolution of the Hirshhorn Bubble: "as a public-art stunt," it is "troubling," but the museum "should build it anyway" - DS+R "makes a good recession-era analog to Gehry...a playful, recessionary monument to making do."

•   Kennicott responds to Capps, who "touches on some of the criticism leveled at the project and by extension at the Hirshhorn's director, Richard Koshalek. It's a risk, but not without rewards" (both are great reads!).

•   Zellner espouses the value of fine-grain development for LA: "our large-scale urban redevelopment plans for old but demographically expanding cities like Los Angeles seem like ineffective and outmoded models."

•   A University of Edinburgh professor of contemporary cultures bemoans his city suffering "a weird urban malaise" resulting in "a curious paralysis and a paradoxical sense of decline. That's fine for aesthetes in search of photogenic ruins."

•   Las Vegas's old Sahara is in for a $415 million rehab: "'We are going back to the roots of Las Vegas.' Roots doesn't necessarily mean humble."

•   Heller offers a most lively (and amusing) report on six developers vying to win the "Mr. Philly Casino pageant. It was a pitchfest on steroids."

•   King cheers SWA's "nip-and-tuck" for Oakland's Jack London Square: "This isn't magic, just common sense. Too bad that in the life of American cities, common sense often is in short supply."

•   Lewis offers a lesson for them all: "It's time to talk less about zoning restrictions and limits and more about visionary plans, urban design goals and architectural aspirations."

•   5468796 Architecture "brings drama to a frequently frozen main street" in Winnipeg: "We had to show that there is a new act for the old body."

•   Betsky is more than a bit bothered by the renovation of Mies's Villa Tugendhat: it "brings the house back to its former glory, but the price is hollow authenticity - a picture-perfect facsimile" (great pix).

•   Q&A with Elemental's Aravena re: his firm, its soon-to-be-completed housing in Constitución, Chile, and his stance on the role of architects in sheltering the world's expanding population.

•   The AIA ABI "shows continued strength. We will still be watching to see if the upward swing in business continues. But the upward trends are hopeful."

•   Early registration now open for International Making Cities Livable "European Cities of Vision" Study Tour.

•   One we couldn't resist: eyefuls of a Brazilian street artist's tribute to Niemeyer covering the entire side of a São Paulo skyscraper (stunning!).


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