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Today’s News - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: We'll be hitting the highway heading to Louisville early, early tomorrow, but we'll be back Tuesday, May 27 (with lots of catching up to do, no doubt).

•   ANN feature: Gisolfi tackles anonymous cities and the erosion of urban identity.

•   Lange pens an eloquent, heart-wrenching take on the 9/11 Memorial Museum: "It feels like a tomb as big as the Met."

•   Bruegmann explains "why urban yuppies have it all wrong" about sprawl and what can make it "good for you."

•   Dembicki queries Terrapin Bright Green architects about whether there's hope for a green future: "we may not be totally screwed."

•   Developer Ross contributes $30.5 million to the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities as "a way to boost cities even when he's not building in them."

•   King cheers artistic landscape architects who used "a word rarely heard in today's public forums. Beauty."

•   Davidson raises red flags about the Met's plan for new modern art wing: "Is this another case of museum hubris?" (architect not yet named).

•   Saltz's suggestion to the Met: "please don't build staircases, atriums, two- and three-story open spaces - a one-word suggestion about your future spaces: Rooms. Build rooms for art."

•   Pearson parses a stunning new mosque on the outskirts of Istanbul (with nary a dome or minaret in sight).

•   New images of the gigundo Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort; the public response "has been mixed but mostly in favor of the build for its economic benefit in the flood ravaged state" (and still no architect identified!).

•   London's Chelsea Barracks (finally) gets a green light for first phase of the "controversy-dogged development."

•   Lange (on a much brighter note) tells us "why Charles Moore (still) matters."

•   A rare (though partial) victory for historic preservation in Beijing could herald "a wave of 'preservation-by-relocation'" in China.

•   Phyllis Lambert will be heading to the Venice Biennale to claim her Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement (we can't imagine anyone more deserving!).

•   A young Barcelona-based architect wins Harvard GSD's $100,000 Wheelwright Prize for his proposal Domesticated Grounds: Design and Domesticity Within Animal Farming Systems (cows included).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Design takes center stage in Montreal and Winnipeg.

•   Kolson Hurley gives (mostly) thumbs-up the NBM's "Designing for Disaster" show: it's "great at educating visitors about how they can be more hazard-proof. But it misses an opportunity to tell them why they have to be."

•   "Design for Social Impact" at the Museum of Design Atlanta "offers a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects, and social entrepreneurs are using design to solve the problems of the 21st century."

•   "Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America" at the Grand Rapids Art Museum tells of the time when the state's "industry and design intertwined" and "became an epicenter of modern design."

•   Pittman's "Anonymization: The Global Proliferation of Urban Sprawl" is "a disorienting survey of suburban sprawl" (great slide show).

•   "Cleveland Goes Modern: Design for the Home, 1930-1970" celebrates "the important modernist architects who brought fresh ideas to the city's suburbs."

•   Moore finds the "lavish" monograph "Ettore Sottsass" to be "both weighty and expensive, but within its pistachio covers a life of astonishing richness is revealed."



  


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