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Today’s News - Friday, October 11, 2013

•   Weinstein wonders whether Rybczynski's "How Architecture Works" presents a "traditional definition of architecture's past" that "might be passé" (even though it "might be his most urbanely written and sensibly organized" tome).

•   Brookings' Katz and Bradley make the case that an Innovation District could "supercharge" Philadelphia's economy by providing "what talented workers increasingly want in the places they live and work: livability, walkability, and transit connectivity."

•   A battle brews over plans to expand Richard Murphy's 1993 landmark Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh: plans to change "one of Scotland's most significant contemporary buildings have been denounced as 'disgraceful.'"

•   Grant and Hobbs offer two different perspectives on a new, award-winning prison in Australia that "allows Indigenous prisoners to maintain their connection to country."

•   Rosenbaum reports on the Guggenheim's modified Helsinki proposal, and "the pressing imperative to get it right this time."

•   Zeiger gives thumbs-up to Brooks + Scarpa's oh-so-green Metalsa Center for Manufacturing Innovation in Monterrey, Mexico, "for the maker of a product not often in the spotlight: the car chassis" (great pix).

•   Stein checks in with Tsao and McKown re: how and why they are "designing new communities in China that stand in stark opposition to the monolithic cities that seem to sprout up across the country overnight."

•   Danes win the bid to design Southbank Centre's new (and still controversial) skate park under the Hungerford Bridge.

•   A young Chilean firm wins the bid to design an addition to Chile's Museo Histórico Nacional (pix prove why!).

•   One we couldn't resist: Hosey offers a hilarious take on why "The Fountainhead" is still "the perfect representation of everything that's wrong with architects" today: "The price of genius? Wet furniture."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   A fab time to be in NYC: 5th Annual NYC Architecture & Design Film Festival.

•   A new video "traces the 60-year diaspora of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret's Chandigarh furniture" that is "a surprisingly emotional, funny, and all-around majestic viewing experience."

•   "Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab" opens today at - guess where.

•   MAD's "Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital" explores the impact of computer-assisted methods of production on contemporary architecture and more.

•   "3 in 1" at the Art Institute of Chicago includes Greg Lynn exploring "how computer programming can act as a mode of creative expression."

•   Rattenbury takes us through Elmgreen & Dragset's "Tomorrow" at the V&A that turns five galleries into the house of a fictional architect facing bankruptcy: "the grand narrative is undermined by the unconvincing detail" (the show might be a bit "un-architecty" - but great slide show).

•   Jarmain's "American Beauty: The Opulent Pre-Depression Architecture of Detroit," on view in San Francisco, is "a stirring exhibition" and "an inherently moving testament to a vanishing city that flew too close to the sun."

•   Welton is wowed by "Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed" at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh includes Steve McQueen's Speedster and Janis Joplin's psychedelia-inspired 356C (we couldn't resist the fab slide show!).

•   Pedersen's Q&A with Washburn re: "The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective on Resilience": he "has accomplished, if not quite the impossible, then certainly the daunting: he's written a concise and accessible treatise on urban planning, blissfully free of jargon."

•   A passage from Washburn's tome re: why he rode out Hurricane Sandy in his home in Red Hook despite evacuation orders - "he had good reason; NYC's chief urban designer "recounts his experience during the storm and the hugely complicated - and ongoing - municipal recovery and response (a great read!).

•   Miller cheers "master critic" Rybczynski's "irreverent guide to the greatest buildings of the past and present" - one "couldn't find a better guide to this enigmatic terrain than "How Architecture Works: A Humanist's Toolkit."

•   A lot of famous folks write love letters to their favorite parks in "City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts": the "lushness and depth of Oberto Gili's photographs are matched by the quality of the words" (definitely take a look!).

•   Lange cheers Major's "Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer: A Landscape Critic in the Gilded Age," a "critical biography" that "firmly establishes Van Rensselaer as a key player in the rise of mainstream criticism."


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