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Today’s News - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: A word of forewarning - if ANN doesn't show up in your inbox tomorrow, it's because we'll be digging out from under Winter Storm Pax (we wonder whose bright idea it was to name a major storm "Peace"?!!?).

•   Desouza delves into the dilemma of resiliency in emerging megacities: "The solution: frugal engineering and local knowledge."

•   An architect's ode to women in green: "women in sustainable design are the true believers, the mentors, and the change agents" (and he names names).

•   An environmental planner pens a 2-parter re: the green schoolyard movement gaining momentum, the "trends that give us hope," and how to actually create them.

•   Some pre-storm Sturm und Drang: a Cornell professor says Koolhaas's Milstein Hall is "by virtually any conceivable objective criterion, a disaster" (it "hasn't won him many friends in Ithaca").

•   Cornell's Kleinman begs to differ.

•   Birnbaum begs MoMA leaders to re-think the idea of opening the sculpture garden to the public: "Can success be measured by valuing the quality of an experience that honors a site's design intent rather than the greatest number of visitors? Is less more?"

•   Martty mulls the "distinction between architecture and sculpture": these days it can be "hard to know whether architects are prioritizing the function or the form."

•   Glancey goes off on a new sculpture at Cambridge that is so bad "even the artist has denied responsibility for it," and calls for this to "be the place where we purge ourselves of this obsession with detritus masquerading as public art."

•   Brighter news notes: Volner cheers a long-problematic, Brutalist distribution center on Manhattan's West Side to be transformed into "an engaging modern office building" with "verdant public spaces" by REX and James Corner Field Operations (Prince-Ramus is "not a nostalgist").

•   Stephens cheers the Queens Museum makeover that "has proved to be flexible for reinvention - without resorting to pumped-up architectural effects" by "quietly revealing traces of the building's past architectural lives."

•   Wainwright and Sharma parse London-based architect Asif Khan's "selfie building" at the Sochi Olympic Park: "it could have rich potential as a wall of protest - perhaps we can look forward to the first eight meter-high gay kiss" + it "calls up the grandeur of Mount Rushmore or Stalinist propaganda."

•   Moore has high hopes for a new BBC series and RIBA exhibition that debut tomorrow: the architects in "The Brits Who Built the Modern World" were all "moved by the romance of technology, joined to a belief that architecture should enable, emancipate and engage."

•   Eliasson receives the 2014 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT that includes $100,000 purse, a campus residency, and a March gala.

•   Call for entries: 2014 BIA Brick in Architecture Awards; projects (not necessarily their designers) must be in the U.S., its territories, or Canada.



  


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