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Today’s News - Friday, March 7, 2014

•   In honor of International Women's Day tomorrow (March 8), The Architectural Review offers a fab round-up of articles (penned by some of our faves) that put the spotlight on some amazing women architects (hopefully a step in making architecture less "stale, male and pale").

•   A young architect tackles the profession's "addiction to architectural competitions": it's a "mad traveling circus" that encourages "the proliferation of these sham exercises - but there is always hope for rehabilitation."

•   Davidson parses NYC's "whole new attitude toward development" in the post-Bloomberg era: the new mayor's administration "cares a lot about affordable housing, less about how high the towers grow, and not at all about the minutiae of design" (it's all about numbers, which is either scary or reassuring, depending on...).

•   Holl's Reid Building may add to "Glasgow's newfound glitz," but the "exterior does not deliver a powerful, poetic compliment to the Mackintosh. What we get is a tepid, ambiguous, and confused building that does not quite fit in."

•   Popkin calls for a design revolution for Philly's planned Museum of the American Revolution: "The designers have the tools to invent a bold, organic, and quite multifaceted museum that speaks to the power and audacity of revolution" (the current "brick box" just doesn't cut it).

•   Rinaldi finds the new Denver Museum of Nature & Science addition to be "a fortress of brick and block that turns a cold shoulder to its surroundings in the city's most treasured open space" (if it were anywhere else in the city, the "handsome, clean and contemporary design would be a standout").

•   Reunification Memorials in Berlin and Leipzig were supposed to be ready in time for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this autumn, but won't be (blame it on bats and politics).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Stephens cheers MoMA's FLW show: "While Broadacre City is blamed today for America's overwhelming sprawl, his elegant solutions to the skyscraper show that the tall building could be artistically considered."

•   NYSID offers New Yorkers an in-depth "intriguing look" at starchitect-designed Maggie's Centres that "showcases architecture's power to heal."

•   NYC's Morgan Library celebrates the 70th anniversary of a children's classic with "The Little Prince: A New York Story" that "surprises as a field guide for urban living."

•   Jacobs finds the Guggenheim's "Italian Futurism" to be "terrifically engrossing" and "a powerful reminder that there emerged, in the first decades of the 20th century, many modernisms. And that some of those modernisms were crazier than others."

•   Altabe, on the other hand, says "Futurism is a crock - it died in the last century and should stay that way" - along with Aycock's public art on the Park Avenue median "(Yawn)" and 3D printers: "Where are the Luddites when you need them?"

•   Betsky, on the other, other hand, cheers two Aycock retrospectives in Santa Barbara which survey a career that "offered us an alternative way of looking at and making our human-made environment - one that is both scarier and more ideal than what we have actually constructed."

•   Zara cheers Francois Halard's photographs that "depict rarely seen spaces as well as more famous, commonly photographed structures, shown here with a surprising intimacy."

•   Q&A with Weder, curator of a Ron Thom retrospective at Toronto's Gardiner Museum re: "Canada's best, unsung modernist architect" and "why every Canadian should get to know him a little bit better."

•   Jones finds "Ruin Lust" at Tate Britain to be "a brilliant but bonkers exhibition" that is "bold and clever" (fab slide show!).

•   Darley dallies at the ICA's Drew exhibition that celebrates "her role in affirming the place of women in the profession" (see lead story).

•   Green gives thumbs-up to Benfield's "People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities" and his argument "that sustainable places are really just places people love."

•   Titchmarsh, following a most amusing tirade about architects' "arrogance when explaining to us that we have no idea what makes a great building," shares the "delights" of Sagharchi and Steil's "Traditional Architecture: Timeless Building for the Twenty-First Century."

•   Meades' "defiant defense of Brutalism" in the BBC4 series "is a much needed change from televised architectural travelogues. It has been a long time since architectural history has been presented in this way."



  


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