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Today’s News - Friday, April 12, 2013

•   A rather contentious news day, beginning with MoMA's decision to demolish its neighbor: Cramer says the American Folk Art Museum "must be saved. What's at risk is not only a magnificent work by important contemporary architects, but MoMA's credibility as a champion of architecture."

•   Rosenbaum, on the other hand, explains why its demise "was not only predictable but probably necessary" ("its failed interior" is "unworthy of saving," though the "sculptural bronze façade might have merited preservation").

•   Williams and Tsien weigh in: MoMA's decision runs "contrary to the principles of sustainability, and to the museum's own mission of celebrating and preserving modern and contemporary art, including architecture and design."

•   More on the debate (and "uproar") re: Make It Right's (and others) work in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward: "they have at least shown that it is a neighborhood worth rebuilding, that environmental and social justice is still a priority."

•   Saffron can barely suffer a set-back for "a much-praised skyscraper design" on Philly's waterfront - all because of "a very lucrative billboard" (just when you think you've heard it all).

•   Murray explains (and takes pride in) how the Scott Brown petition drive began: "Can history be rewritten? No, but we can, and must, close this chapter" (as of this morning, over 8,000 have signed - if you haven't already, please do).

•   Rafi Segal urges architects to boycott the soon-to-be re-launched Israeli National Library competition, while embroiled in a "design ownership row" of his own re: his original winning design.

•   Some big-name architects call on Souto de Moura to boycott $100,000 Israeli Wolf Prize (he's ignored their plea).

•   Enough gloom and doom: Bingler offers a lovely reflection on his time as a student working with Soleri: "his drum had a distinctly different beat."

•   One we couldn't resist (it made us smile out loud): Green reports on a Montreal firm that designs musical environments/events that "totally change the character of public spaces, getting people to have fun" (great videos!).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Quirk cheers SEEDoc's latest documentary spotlighting MASS Design Group's hospital in Rwanda (and is a bit sad that it's the last in the series).

•   Lifson is lifted by "Pacific Standard Time" and Lubell and Goldin's "Never Built: Los Angeles": "Seeing the city's built and unbuilt legacy together, the sheer, overwhelming optimism of 20th-century Los Angeles comes to the fore."

•   "Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life" at the Vancouver Art Gallery "challenges visitors to consider the ways that the hotel has both reflected and been an agent of social and cultural change."

•   Inspired by Cantrill and Thalis, "Public Sydney: stop, look, live!" at the Museum of Sydney "reveals stories about city's best loved public spaces" + Holm gives thumbs-up to "Public Sydney: Drawing the City" by Thalis and Cantrill: it "sets a new benchmark for navigating the historic layers of Sydney's original CBD - a celebration of the public Sydney we often take for granted."

•   "Archizines" traveling show goes Down Under to the Object: Australian Design Centre.

•   Travis can't recommend Englander's "High Tide on Main Street" more highly: a "terrific" book that "explains once and for all why we can't prepare for sea level rise like we do for other disasters, when things slowly return to normal - sea level rise is permanent."

•   Pedersen's lively Q&A with Brook re: "A History of Future Cities": it's "a kind of cautionary tale for today's world and a helpful reminder that this phenomenon is not entirely new."

•   Lamster x 2 re: Lambert's "Building Seagram": it is "a unique hybrid that is at once a work of the highest architectural scholarship, a memoir, and an argument for civic responsibility." + An excerpt from the book, where Lambert begins: "What led



  


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