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Today’s News - Friday, July 12, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: Sorry for late posting - our Internet tubes were broken for several hours (again...).

•   ANN presents: Caldwell has a candid conversation with Young, author of "Teardown," re: his adventures and encounters when he returned to his hometown of Flint, Michigan: Place is not always the result of the work of well-intended design professionals.

•   Dale says that what makes Young's '"Teardown" most interesting: "The folks who have planted a stake in Flint, have worked hard to be the best possible neighbors they can be, and take part in whatever gossamer strands of community remain."

•   Meanwhile, in Detroit, two organizations with overlapping visions for the city have created "on-the-ground confusion" about "who's behind which civic-minded program. It has stoked dissension."

•   Jenkins minces no words about who he thinks is has turned London into a slave "to 'anything goes' money" that is "taking shape in the form of some 30 bleak glass megaliths" (and talking to architects is "like talking disarmament with the NRA").

•   A Hamiltonian takes issue with Hume's call for the Canadian city to find its own Bilbao: perhaps he "should look at the lessons of his own city" - he "fails to mention Toronto's two attempts at Bilbao-ing" (that aren't all that successful).

•   Jaklitsch takes journalists to task for using the word "starchitect": it "has passed its shelf life. When journals endorse the cult of celebrity, it does a disservice to all of us" (comments are very interesting, too).

•   Saffron cheers Philly's latest addition to its "growing collection of pop-up parks, an increasingly popular and low-cost way for cities to carve out green retreats amid the crowded hardscape desert."

•   New details about Hadid's Miami skyscraper show "the already dramatic tower even more extraordinary."

•   Local talent scores big as ALA Architects wins the Helsinki Library Competition.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Heller hails "Sukkah City," a new documentary that offers a "rare and an intimate glimpse inside a juried architecture competition" (and then some).

•   Hawthorne is a bit more iffy about "Windshield Perspective" at L.A.'s A+D Museum: it is "one of the more gregarious exhibitions in the Getty's Pacific Standard Time Presents - a colorful, deceptively ambitious and in the end oddly dated look at a relatively short stretch of Beverly Boulevard."

•   Betsky on two other Getty shows, "Everything Loose Will Land" and "Overdrive": each is "the perfect antidote" to the other, but together, they "make you realize how serious and seriously beautiful the architecture of L.A. really is."

•   Down Under, Aucklanders get their own chance to bask in some California dreamin' with "California Design."

•   An obscure (and canceled) Lebbeus Woods project pops up (overnight!) in Los Angeles.

•   "Colombia: Transformed/Architecture=Politics" has moved to NYC's Center for Architecture: it "traces significant new projects that exemplify innovative architectural forms and spaces while serving as conduits for social inclusion. With measurable results."

•   Woodman is not at all wild about a master drawings show at London's Sir John Soane's Museum: it's "a fine collection undermined by the staggering vanity of its owner," Tchoban, who just designed his own museum in Berlin (see next article) - the "conceit" of including his own not-very-masterful drawings "is little short of mind-boggling."

•   Meanwhile, Wilson gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Tchoban's Berlin museum and its first exhibition (a Piranesi show from Soane's) - they're minor reservations, "given that this impressive, small museum has landed so fully-formed and seemingly firing on all cylinders"

•   In Pittsburgh, "The Playground Project" shows that the evolution of playgrounds was (and is) not child's play.

•   In Hong Kong, "Piece of Peace" recreates 40 UNESCO heritage sites built with LEGO blocks.

•   Din finds Huisman's "The New Rijksmuseum: Cruz y Ortiz architects" a "thoughtfully designed book," except that it "leaves the reader confused but hungry for more."


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