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Today’s News - Friday, May 31, 2013

•   Goodyear ponders the "fight over the future" of Penn Station: Whether it results in a station that is fit for gods, or merely for rats, remains to be seen" (and Madison Square Garden's response to the MAS Design Challenge "pie-in-the-sky drawings").

•   Kimmelman cheers "fresh thinking" about creating public space: "A beer garden made out of freight containers on an empty plot turns out to be a lot more popular and better for a city than a sad corporate atrium with a few cafe tables and a long list of don'ts on the wall."

•   Birnbaum is blown away by the "remarkable transformation" of public spaces in Toronto, with landscape architecture "leading the charge."

•   Hume hails the urban tree canopy that makes Toronto livable, and "provides over $60 million annually in ecological services," but bemoans the fact that it "is shrinking, and at the very moment when its benefits are most needed."

•   David Gensler on the challenges in creating open spaces "for our crowded urban future - when there seems to be none left" (some nifty solutions!).

•   Pedersen reports on Make It Right's new initiative to build LEED Platinum homes and a sustainable community in partnership with the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of Fort Peck, Montana.

•   Wainwright climbs aboard the Mary Rose museum "a pearl" that "evokes the mysterious drama of the hoard of relics that lie within - pity about the limpets" (great video tour with Chris Wilkinson and Chris Brandon, too).

•   Russell roams Donald Judd's SoHo loft-museum: "It's an extraordinary achievement [by ARO and Melvin]. In a world where authenticity seems elusive, 101 Spring Street is a sublime corrective."

•   Lubell questions Gehry's "thin skin" re: MOCA's "A New Sculpturalism": it "only reconfirms people's stereotypes about architects" (and rumors "swirling" that Mayne has replaced Mount, "although nothing has been confirmed").

•   Ito's Pritzker Prize ceremony "was charmed - the speeches were short, gracious, and heartfelt," but while the jury isn't talking about Scott Brown, "everyone else is."

•   A project in Rwanda takes Grand Prize in the 2013 CNU Charter Awards (link to great presentation of all winners).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   One we couldn't resist: Hartlaub says his favorite film so far this summer is the new "Star Trek" that imagines San Francisco in 2259: "The TransAmerica Pyramid looks like a garden gnome," and "somewhere in the 23rd Century, John King is rolling over in his grave" (cool pix, too!).

•   Turrell takes over 2013 with exhibits in Los Angeles, New York, and Houston with a "no-holds-barred LACMA exhibition" and more (great pix!).

•   "Floating Worlds and Future Cities: The Genius of Lazar Khidekel, Suprematism, and the Russian Avant-Garde" puts the spotlight on the artist, architect, designer and theoretician at the Russian American Cultural Center in NYC.

•   MCNY's "Beautiful Way to Go: New York's Green-Wood Cemetery" examines the Brooklyn cemetery's astonishing 175-year history, and tells a complex narrative that links architectural, art, social, and cultural histories.

•   Heathcote hails Postiglione's "The Architect's Home" as "a delight": "If one thing strikes you from this huge collection of architects' homes, it is their modesty...these are not the homes of wealthy egotists."

•   Moore offers a (fab) eyeful from Elsmore's "Brick City: Lego for Grown Ups": "this is an opportunity to boggle at the obsessive ingenuity of what are known as Afols (adult fans of Lego)."


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