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Today’s News - Friday, April 19, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: Our hearts have been with Boston all week, and as news breaks right now, "shelter in place" will never mean quite the same.

•   On ANN: Taylor finds The Getty's "Overdrive: LA Constructs the Future, 1940-1990" to be "simultaneously hopeful and wistful."

•   Saffron minces no words about "plans" for a second Philly casino: they're nothing much more than another bait-and-switch that "clearly do not deserve serious architecture reviews. How can you evaluate a mirage?"

•   Brussat offers his (very succinct) evaluation of the MoMA/AFAM debate: "my critical opinion - ha ha ha ha ha ha! How else can one react when two buildings, designed by architects who buy into the credo that "fitting in" is for the birds, start pecking each others' eyes out!"

•   Green cheers Quebec City's efforts to return the riverfronts to the people.

•   Cox Rayner wins international competition to design the National Maritime Museum of China in Tianjin (looks pretty cool!).

•   The NEA Design Program launches a Social Impact Design webinar series next week that looks terrific - and timely.

•   Hosey's "design revolution" involves findings that "mimicking natural forms can improve our health and wealth" - which could/should "have major implications for how we design our spaces."

•   A fab look at the history - and future - of prefab in New Zealand.

•   Wainwright weighs in on Gov.uk winning Design of the Year: "you might be hard-pressed to see where the design is - but the designer behind it says that is precisely the point" (Sudjic calls it "elegant and subtly British, the Paul Smith of websites").

•   Call for entries: RFP for Water Works site on the Mississippi Riverfront in downtown Minneapolis.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Webb's take on the Getty's "Overdrive": the scope and content "could have made this show as congested and frustrating as traffic on the 405. Instead, it's a joyful celebration of urban exuberance."

•   Welton is quite taken by the "grand finale" for IBA Hamburg that puts the spotlight on the city's Wilhelmsburg district and its more than 60 building projects.

•   Vancouver Art Gallery goes grand with "Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life" that "examines the hotel as cultural artifact" and "what its development says about our culture."

•   An eyeful of London's Regent Street windows taken over by architects.

•   An eyeful of Miami's DawnTown winner "Up-Downtown" now on view at HistoryMiami.

•   Wise offers a fascinating analysis of Krier's "Albert Speer, Architecture": "Though he is again bemoaning a contemporary inability to regard classicism in a detached manner, it is Krier who is in a delirious thrall to a malevolent aesthetic" (and Stern's ability to wrap himself in Teflon).

•   "Designer Suburbs: Architects and Affordable Homes in Australia" is "a pleasure to read. Sadly, it also bears witness to the diminishing agency of architects in Australian suburbs."

•   Gorlin parses "Long Island Modernism": though "none of the examples changed my perception of Long Island as anything other than the Bermuda Triangle of design, the book is worth its price for the juicy gossip and historical photographs."

•   Amelar gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Heathcote's "The Meaning of Home": it "mixes plenty of wit and



  


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