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Today’s News - Thursday, June 5, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: We will not be posting tomorrow, but will return Monday, June 9 (and no, we're not in!).

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of airports where "the long walk to the terminal can be a quite rewarding experience" + A travel guide to Marseille and surrounds.

•   Bayley, on the other hand, says "flight has been drained of enchantment," with Heathrow's new T2 being "typical of its genre" (designed by "a Spanish specialist in low-brow infrastructure" - ouch!).

•   Hopefully, we're not the only ones who found the Queen's Speech more than a bit worrisome, with key points that include a "sell-off of government land," and "a fresh assault on planning laws" that will give developers "the power to push through applications without the need for council approval" - and allow "fracking to take place under people's homes without their permission" - yikes!

•   Leigh pens a moving missive re: "memorial sprawl": in "a remarkable shift from the vertical to the horizontal," new memorials are being "designed as places rather than objects. They are symptomatic of a civic-art disease" (a great read!).

•   Kimmelman cheers a better solution to two apartment towers threatening views of NYC's glorious Cathedral of St. John the Divine - it "could take years and cost millions," but "could produce a very special work of architecture...instead of what we're getting" (alas, "it's also a Hail Mary pass").

•   Davidson explains why all the hand-wringing about the half-empty 1WTC isn't necessary: while it may be "looking a little like a very tall white elephant," its "situation looks less dire" when compared to the original Twin Towers.

•   McKnight eloquently recalls her personal journey to Burkina Faso to see how Kéré "has used his architecture to transform his rural village" (fab slide show!).

•   Carrington offers a splendid round-up of "Africa's most exciting architects" (and refreshingly new names!).

•   The Mexican architect who won a competition to design a Dubai tourist attraction is up in arms about changes to his design: "The project is being transformed from a modern, public monument to a postmodern pastiche."

•   La bella Venezia opens the Biennale; sadly, we're not there, but some of our favorite pithy wordsmiths are:

•   Wainwright: Rem's "mammoth undertaking: smashing open the last 100 years of architecture and ripping out its innards for forensic analysis."

•   Dvir delves into a conversation with the curators of "USOffice": the "curatorial project is not missionary."

•   Bevan finds the British exhibition to be a "deft marriage of the high- and low-brow," and "a provocative and successful appeal to the imagination" (all well worth reading - more pith is sure to follow next week).

•   Two we couldn't resist (eye candy for the soul): A Croatian designer turns giant shipyard cranes into a giant light show + "Lighting The Sails" on the Sydney Opera House - wow!

•   Call for entries: International Competition to Prepare a Conceptual Framework for the Development of Sokolniki Park, Moscow's largest park.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   McEwen doesn't get why DS+R's design for the Met's "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" has garnered so little design press: "one might almost suspect that they have produced something 'not worth mentioning,'" but it is actually "amazing."

•   Wainwright cheers "Dream, Draw, Work: Architectural Drawings by Norman Shaw" at the Royal Academy for being "exquisite and extreme."

•   FLW called the Laurent House, designed for a paralyzed client long before the days of ADA, his "little gem" - now it's been polished for public viewing just in time for his 147th birthday.

•   "Cape Cod Modern" opens a window onto a part of Cape life that has been secreted away in the woods for years" - with much of it under serious threat of demolition.


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