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Today’s News - Monday, June 16, 2014

•   Heathcote's (great!) take on the Venice Biennale: "an exuberant display of architectural anxiety. It is by turns witty, surprising, impressive, banal...a provocation about the diminishing influence of the architect - a brilliant and frustrating show."

•   Glancey talks to the cheerleaders and the nay-sayers re: the second "Guggenheim invasion" of Helsinki: "To see Helsinki become a kind of dumping ground for 'global brands'...and, now, on modest means, to fund an American art foundation with an unsure record of success overseas is, indeed, somewhat bizarre."

•   Paletta ponders Brutalism's need for its own "Penn Station moment," but "in the absence of such a moment, the greatest need for Brutalism is likely not buildings that die spectacularly but that simply live effectively" (great read).

•   British residents of many post-war prefab bungalows are not happy at the prospect of seeing them torn down.

•   Wainwright x 2: he cheers "social housing stars who really know what makes a city tick - crafting a future for London housing of simple, robust and generous new homes."

•   He also cheers the 10-day International Architecture Showcase that is reviving the 1951 Festival of Britain energy, "dreaming up plans for east London estates."

•   King has high hopes for Piano's "new gig": a suburban shopping center: it may sound "preposterous," but "the everyday nature of the commission is what makes it important, oddly heroic."

•   Ransford calls for a change to Vancouver's "arbitrary rules" regulating the minimum size of dwelling units that "seem to defy both what has been successful and what many people are looking for."

•   Bozikovic cheers the "fearless architects" at 5468796 who are "smashing preconceptions about what is possible for their city and their profession."

•   Three case studies offer lessons in what to do - and not to do - when an architect departs a firm but still wants to get credit for his/her designs.

•   A network spanning 30 European countries is "dedicated to finding ways to keep disused religious buildings open, if not for services, then for other uses."

•   Meanwhile, Dunlap cheers NYC's 126-yearold Eldridge Street Synagogue's new, permanent exhibition that is "simultaneously dense with artifacts and relatively small - an appealing combination."

•   A great Q&A with Lambert re: winning the Venice Biennale Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, Mies, the state of contemporary architecture, why she founded the CCA, and much more.

•   Three we couldn't resist leads off with Capps's wry take on the "five letters driving Chicago out of its mind" (having to do with a certain orange-haired mogul-in-his-own-mind): is the city taking "its architecture just a tad too seriously?"

•   How could we resist eyefuls of Times Square recreated in a Moscow mall (we kid you not).

•   Selfies from around the world cover the scaffolding on the Paris Pantheon as it undergoes extensive restoration.

•   Call for entries/nominations: 2014 ADPSR Lewis Mumford Awards for people or organizations working to further peace, environmental protection, ecological building, social justice, and the development of healthy communities + Paradise Lost, Paradise Found: Smart Tourism.


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