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Today’s News - Friday, May 24, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: We will be observing Memorial Day (U.S.) on Monday, and will return Tuesday, May 28. Happy weekend!

•   An in-depth look (and one of the best) at the sad saga of Calatrava's transit hub at Ground Zero, "the most troubled project at one of the world's most troubled construction sites. Once a bird in flight, the Hub has devolved into an immobile, skeletal stegosaurus."

•   Kolson Hurley gets "the top five reasons why the suburbs are shaping up as the new frontier" from some "suburban visionaries."

•   Arieff is glad to see prefab, a "much-maligned building technology is finding its proper niche" with multifamily housing.

•   Kristal gives a standing ovation to Ennead's "revivification" of NYC's Public Theatre, "making the place a crowd-pleaser in every sense."

•   Goldhagen x 2: she investigates why, even though "female architects have come a long way, architecture remains rife with discriminatory practices."

•   She makes a strong argument for why Denise Scott Brown deserves a Pritzker: "Venturi was awarded...for work he did not do, could not have done, and would never have conceived without her."

•   Kennicott is none too pleased that Koshalek plans to quit the Hirshhorn - and even less pleased that the "brilliance of the Bubble idea" by DS+R might burst: it would have had "an outsized impact on architectural thinking in Washington."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Hawthorne x 2: He gives us a clue to what's behind all the brouhaha over MOCA's "A New Sculpturalism" show: "Who gets to tell the story of the influence of members of the 'L.A. school,' and how it is told, are at the heart of the controversy."

•   He cheers the MAK Center's "Everything Loose Will Land": it is "a wry study of the ways Los Angeles artists and architects worked with, leaned on, stole from and influenced one another in the 1970s...a provocation and an example of smart, assured curating all at once."

•   A new Turrel retrospective at LACMA explores nearly 50 years of his career + link to excerpt from Govan's exhibition catalogue essay.

•   "See/Change" at NYC's South Street Seaport hopes to lure back New Yorkers with pop-up boutiques in shipping containers, outdoor film screenings, and "the lords of artificial weather willing, there may be glitter rain."

•   Two takes on "Kapoor in Berlin": it's "the best show he has yet put on" (and he minces no words about the U.K.'s treatment of the arts and education - both get pushed "into the corner") + "Is his first major museum show in Germany also an exercise in sculptural muscle-flexing?"

•   Bey cheers "Theaster Gates: 13th Ballad" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago that raises "important questions about the reuse of buildings and the use of art to uplift and create 'place' in marginalized urban areas."

•   Szenasy says that in "A Country of Cities" Chakrabarti's "voice is strong and resonant - with pleasing lucidity" + a most excellent excerpt.

•   Saffron says Heller's bio of Bacon "is a good start at filling in the vast gaps in Bacon-ology" that "doesn't buy into the revisionist narrative of him as an all-powerful master builder" (though the "lack of critical evaluation is frustrating").

•   BMW Guggenheim Lab publishes New York and Mumbai Lab Editions of "100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Urban Trends" (with link to glossaries).

•   "Composing Space" showcases the stunning architectural photography of Hélène Binet: "Pitting two dimensions against each other, her pictures seize empty spaces and fold, braid and twist them into knots."


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