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Today’s News - Friday, February 21, 2014

•   Gehry's revisions for the Eisenhower Memorial are considered "disappointing": "They moved a few trees around."

•   Saffron cheers "one of the most civic-minded projects" being built in Philly - too bad the "collection of architectural pastiches promises to be one of the weirder ensembles outside of Las Vegas."

•   2014 Olympics design: The best: a visual guide to corruption at Sochi; the worst: the architecture.

•   Eyefuls of the AJ Small Projects 2014 shortlist, part two: 5 kilometers of rope, a wooden egg...

•   More on the saga of Philip Johnson's 1964 New York State Pavilion and its "dedicated defender."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Wish we could spend an all-nighter at tomorrow night's White Night Melbourne 2014 - it's "sure to amaze and delight" (quirky names included).

•   The next stop for the documentary "The Vision Of Paolo Soleri: Prophet in The Desert" is Sedona (hi Mom!).

•   DoCoMoMo Ireland's O'Toole has a fascinating conversation with the director of the forthcoming film on Eileen Gray, "The Price of Desire."

•   Evans-Cowley parses two books that "take on the good, the bad, and the ugly of smart cities."

•   Clemence cheers a Chicago show that puts Iannelli, "an overlooked name in American design history," in the spotlight.

•   Betsky doesn't usually "care much for architecture that mimics what it frames," but the Calder show at LACMA "benefits from Gehry's design of curved walls that invite you in and lead you on in a way that almost makes you dance to the art's rhythms."

•   "Italian Futurism" at the Guggenheim is "a hymn, all'Italiana, to human optimism and irrational exuberance, it is fascinating and stylish."

•   CCA's "Archaeology of the Digital" lands at Yale.

•   Aalto lights up the Grand-Hornu in Belgium (great pix!).

•   Wainwright wades through "Exploration Architecture: Designing with Nature" at London's The Architecture Foundation, and ponders: "Will the buildings of the future be grown underwater?" (lessons from a spookfish included).

•   Jane Drew exhibition at London's ICA "celebrates the groundbreaking work of an overlooked architect and champion of women in architecture."

•   RIBA's "The Brits Who Built the Modern World" celebrates the architects who "led the way; they were sending shock waves around the world."

•   "Concrete Spring" celebrates Niemeyer's work in Algeria: "the beginning of the Arab Spring soon after he arrived gave a political aspect to architectural photographer Jason Oddy's work."



  


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