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Today’s News - Friday, March 22, 2013

•   Bernstein brings us a preservation alert: another Edw. Durell Stone faces possible (probable?) demolition (includes his '05 visit to the NYC public school for Oculus magazine).

•   The AJ calls for Denise Scott Brown to be given Pritzker recognition (we second the motion!).

•   An impressive AIA San Francisco panel offers insights into the challenges facing women starting their own firms ("We can't all be Zaha!").

•   A most impressive shortlist to design Nobel Prize HQ in Stockholm.

•   Saffron gives (mostly) thumbs-up to the new Community Legal Services building in North Philly: it "offers the hope that decay and blight are not forever."

•   Pasternack revisits Ito's Kaohsiung stadium "that's secretly a solar power plant" which landed him "on the map of architectural kings."

•   87(!) buildings win the inaugural Architizer A+ Awards (needless to say winners are not listed in our headline).

•   Hume hails Plensa's sculpture for the Bow Building in Calgary: "There's as much engineering in Plensa's head as there is art in Calatrava's bridge...and in each case, getting there is half the fun."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Arrechea's twist on NYC architecture lands on Park Avenue (we saw them - wow! Do check out the slide show).

•   Christo's colossal "Big Air Package" built inside a 1920s Gasometer in Germany is a "transcendental space. Climbing its stairs is like floating up into the interior of a surreal rain cloud."

•   Lebbeus Woods' retrospective at SFMOMA gets the New Scientist treatment: his drawings "provoke an open-ended conversation about what we want our society to become" (too bad "his greatest failure" was his built project in Chengdu).

•   A Shigeru Ban retrospective in Mito, Japan, "presents an opportunity for visitors to think about the role of architects in society."

•   Jorge Otero Pailos' "The Ethics of Dust: Carthago Nova" at Sydney's Tin Sheds Gallery "cleans away the residues of pollution," but "also preserves it, treating it as part of the history of the buildings."

•   Capps cheers "Palaces for the People" at the National Building Museum: Guastavino-designed places "still make jaws drop; this show seeks to explain how."

•   Sugrue finds Binelli to be "a pessimist of the intellect but an optimist of the will" in "Detroit City Is the Place to Be," offering "an unflinching analysis of the city's problems but an intimate portrayal" of those who live there.

•   Lindsay is taken by Brook's "A History of Future Cities" that "looks at the attempts of places like St. Petersburg, Dubai, Shanghai, and Mumbai to create Western-looking areas in an attempt to create a sense of modernity."

•   "The Crazy Projects of the Ottoman Empire" sheds surprising light on the current building boom in Turkey's largest city.

•   Heathcote finds some "surprising parallels in the contrasting styles" of Adolf Loos and "his nemesis" Josef Hoffmann.

•   McDonald cheers a new book, film, and exhibition celebrating the structural engineer Peter Rice, "one of the 'bad boys'' along with Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano."

•   Royce finds Beck's ideas in "Principles of Ecological Landscape Design" provide "an additional layer of technical information" for landscape architects who want "to expand their role in the design process and attain truly sustaining landscapes."


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