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Today’s News - Friday, June 20, 2014

•   Another interesting take on Rem's Biennale: "a recurring criticism has been that if architecture is a language, all that is given here is the vocab, not the grammar. But there is also something refreshing about this."

•   Levete, Brooks, and Devine explain what they think could help the London's planning process deliver great tall buildings: "It is mystifying that the expertise of our very best architects is viewed with suspicion."

•   Meanwhile, CTBUH names Best Tall Buildings for 2014 regional winners (none in London).

•   In Moscow, big plans for Revolution Square to become "the missing link between the city's central pedestrian and recreational areas - and a full-fledged urban public space."

•   Four finalists' designs to make over Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium pool that include "rings, crystals, moss, and scales" are received with "enthusiasm and analyzed where and why contemporary architecture is swimming."

•   Garrison Architects' prefab post-disaster housing for NYC, assembled in less than 15 hours, is a "multi-story, multi-family interim housing solution that will work in urban areas across the country" (no FEMA trailers required) - and currently on view in Brooklyn.

•   Ferro reports on Rockwell's plans to bring prefab to the luxury market: "The more customizable a house is, the less it looks like it came straight off a conveyor belt" (definitely no FEMA trailers here!).

•   Welton cheers Freelon's "strikingly symbolic" National Center for Civil and Human Rights opening in Atlanta on Monday, despite budgetary shrinking pains.

•   Riddle gives two thumbs-up to VJAA's "splendid" Minneapolis Institute of Art African Art Galleries: "a seductive space that is at once open but muted, animated but mysterious - the exquisite subtlety of its redesign reifies the objects within."

•   A look at some the "ingenious" interactive technologies by Local Projects and DS+R that will give visitors "agency over their own experience" when the Cooper Hewitt re-opens in December (we can't wait!).

•   More on the brouhaha swirling around Libeskind's Holocaust memorial in Amsterdam: aside from the argument that the park site is "just too small," there are too many trees that will need to be cut down.

•   Glancey uses Brasilia, to some a "concrete El Dorado," as the starting point to examine the success rate of cities that are built from scratch: "ideal cities have been just that: ideals, or ideas that have been impossible to live up to."

•   Farago forages into Bo Bardi, "Brazil's best-kept secret": her "radical approach to the design of people-friendly buildings is a major contribution to modern architecture - she should receive greater recognition."

•   A new Australian architecture salary survey reveals low wage increases and a gender pay gap (BIM managers are doing just fine).

•   RIAS Awards 2014 include 13 winners representing the very best of current Scottish architecture.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   20th Century Society's Croft on "Tricorn - Love It or Hate It?" at the Portsmouth City Museum: "had Owen Luder's 1966 megastructure managed to survive just a little bit longer, it would by now be listed" (great pix).

•   Glancey finds Brittain-Catlin's "Bleak Houses" to be "one of the most intriguing, original and gently provocative books on the meaning of architecture for some while."

•   Mogilevich cheers Brown's "Next Generation Infrastructure" for being "an inspiring argument for infrastructure that behaves like nature," and for her "attention to the social aspects of infrastructure planning and design."

•   Pevzner parses "The Petropolis of Tomorrow" - "a lush combination of photography, rich narrative, design provocations and critical theory and history" that explores the "architectural possibilities of the floating mechanical islands that will serve Brazil's emerging offshore oil boom."

•   Suckle's engaging recollection of her time in Sydney with Seidler gives her an interesting perspective on Belogolovsky 's "Harry Seidler LIFEWORK": "One tends to forget how powerful a good monograph can tell an amazing story about an incredible person who played a significant role in the development of Modern Architecture that transcends its time and place."


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