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Today’s News - Friday, March 6, 2015

•   Orange County legislators "took no action" yesterday, so it looks like the ersatz "rebuild" of Rudolph's Government Center will move forward (though plans may face a legal challenge).

•   Iovine opines: "Now, a renovation plan more akin to character assassination looks all but inevitable."

•   Q&A with Kimmelman re: how he picks his fights to advocate for projects like Rudolph's OCGC (and others): "it's necessary to choose subjects that speak to issues larger than themselves."

•   Griffin explains the importance of the new Legacy City Design Network platform "to inspire ideas and creative development for confronting a wide range of physical and socioeconomic challenges - we need you."

•   Piano tapped to design three residential towers for Sydney's Barangaroo South (no one can complain about lack of density now!).

•   Just when you think you've heard it all: Dubai's newest museum will showcase the future with a gallery for "the greatest global innovations," along with "innovation labs focusing on health, education, smart cities, energy and transport" (a poetic façade included - a whiz of a fly-through video worth checking out!).

•   Schumacher has high hopes for the four finalists in Milwaukee's Lakefront Gateway Plaza competition, though "one of unanswered questions is how much it will cost and how it will be paid for."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   In honor of International Women's Day on Sunday: Q&A with BWAF's Shapiro re: "BxW NYC / Built by Women" at NYC's Center for Architecture: "There's probably not any aspect of design that women weren't involved in."

•   Bullivant x 2: She, and the five women profiled in "Urbanistas: Women Innovators in Architecture, Urban and Landscape Design" that opens today in London, "share their thoughts on the role of women in shaping today's cities."

•   Q&A with curator Lucy B. re: her five urbanistas: "they are all reinventing models of urban design and notions of the public realm as a place of social value."

•   Tarleton minces no words about why he thinks MoMA's "Uneven Growth" lives up to its name: "flashy wall graphics, video, and sound hide both a lack of content in some proposals and nuance in others," and "speaks volumes about those strategies' inadequacy to confront the issues the exhibition wanted them to treat."

•   Hawthorne hails Heatherwick's "Provocations" at the Hammer: "a delightful if slightly overstuffed tribute" with "a remarkable project everywhere you look - sprinkled with a kind of high-design pixie dust."

•   Heathcote hails "Mackintosh Architecture" at RIBA, London: it is a "small, beautiful show" that focuses on his "strange, magical drawings of buildings."

•   Zacks cheers Parsons' "mischievous" poke at power in "Romancing True Power: D20" that takes "special glee in thumbing its nose at ostentatious symbols. Nothing is as worthy of ridicule as the exercise of dickpower."

•   "Soundscape New York" at the Museum of the City of New York "explores the audiovisual experience of iconic buildings in the city" (it looks amazing!).

•   A trio of exhibits at Harvard "may seem to clash. But GSD exhibits are always expressions of collaboration, experiment, and faculty-student interplay."

•   Lange has a thoughtful Q&A with architectural photographer Binet re: her work and show at the Woodbury University Hollywood (WUHO) Gallery in L.A.

•   Time to go vroom-vroom Down Under as the Shepparton Art Museum presents "Dream Machines: Drawings of the Great American Automobile," and the Shepparton Motor Museum showcases 25 of the actual concept cars (o.k., so it's not architecture, but it is cool!).

•   Stephens finds Hirt's "Zoned in the USA" to be "one of the more enjoyable scholarly texts on what can be a dreadfully dull topic - a surprisingly rousing analysis and history," and a "steely rejoinder to" Cox, Breugemann, Kotkin, et al.

•   Mende and Smeall cheer Sandhaus's "Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California & Graphic Design, 1936-1986": it is "a deeply informative and visually rewarding review of a place and time largely overlooked by more standardized histories."


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