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Today’s News - Friday, June 14, 2013

•   A landscape architect bemoans the state of affairs in his homeland re: Gezi Park and Taksim Square in Istanbul: the "sad developments can be linked to the top-down planning style, and finds "the proposed overall plan sophomoric at best" that makes "this meaningful landmark look as insignificant as an ant."

•   Capps reports on a bill making its way through Congress that, if passed into law, would launch an Eisenhower Memorial design competition from scratch.

•   Malouff mulls the demise of the Hirshhorn Bubble and ponders: "Is the National Mall the place for risk-taking architecture?"

•   Do design competitions exploit architects? Yes, says Ramus; No, says Kaucky (some interesting comments, too).

•   Police find no evidence of criminality in Glasgow's George Square competition probe.

•   Lackmeyer looks at some of the reasons local architecture firms are losing work to out-of-towners.

•   Stott on the 99% Invisible's Mars who "bravely takes on a very sensitive topic: the design of prisons" and "whether architects have a moral duty to decline these commissions."

•   Russell on Pritzker-winner Wang Shu bucking China's megacity trend.

•   Moore marvels at Ricciotti's museum in Marseille: it "makes a dazzling statement," but it is "a spectacular wrapper" for exhibitions that "are something of a muddle" (great slide show).

•   Bevan's Q&A with Herzog re: H&deM's new hall for Art Basel and the fading of Modernism: What is that "new"? "Who knows?"

•   Green offers an in-depth (great!) look at the history and current goings-on with the Atlanta Beltline.

•   Wainwright weighs in on the RIBA Awards and finds "wealth of worthy competitors," with "two of the strongest contenders" for the Stirling in Northern Ireland.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Davidson and Flint are (mostly) impressed with MoMA's Corbu show and its "most chilling image" and "terrifying beauty."

•   Stephens' Q&A with Corbu curator Cohen: "He invented a vocabulary and syntax for a battery of forms that could still be successfully applied now, but under careful medical prescription."

•   On the other side of the Big Pond, you can stroll through a life-size model of Mies's never-realized golf clubhouse in Germany.

•   A Turrellian "skyspace" takes over the Guggenheim's rotunda - fittingly beginning on the summer solstice (we can't wait!).

•   In Upstate New York, Cooper Union architecture students explore "the relationships between time, perception, drawing, working at the scale of a model and the scale of architecture" in "Drawing in the Woods (For Lebbeus)."

•   Seidler show lands in Asheville, NC, where he studied with Josef Albers.

•   Johnson finds Bosker's "Original Copies" to be "fascinating": "Part of the reason that fakes have an appeal in China is that the country lacks cultural self-confidence."

•   Merrick gives two thumbs-ups to Hollis's "Cities Are Good for You": it's a "deftly detailed portrayal of city life as it is, and may become."

•   Nobel cheers Petroski's "To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure" and his "attempt to understand 'the nature of failure itself.'"



  


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