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Today’s News - Thursday, March 12, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow is this week's "floating" no-newsletter day - we'll be back Monday, March 16. (Happy Friday the 13th tomorrow!)

•   Wainwright weighs in on Pritzker laureate Frei Otto: "He was the hero of groundbreaking lightweight architecture. But why didn't Otto achieve the socially-driven dream he always hoped for?"

•   Hadid and Foster pay tribute to Otto.

•   Orange County may be sued over plans for Rudolph's government center "renovation"; charges could include "destruction of an historic building in violation of the New York Preservation Act of 1980."

•   Davies wonders why there's "nary a whisper of protest" as a mid-century Melbourne landmark "of State Significance for architectural, social and historical reasons" faces demolition, while a threatened (rather mediocre) parking garage raises preservationists' hackles.

•   A long look at Buffalo's "least loved buildings" that are (mostly) mid-century modern "monstrosities" - with some monstrously notable names attached.

•   Chipperfield rises to the top of (an unnamed) shortlist to redesign the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Modern and Contemporary Art Wing (and more).

•   Kats gives us the back-story of why Gehry is stepping into the already controversial Sunset Strip project (ye old developer vs. community activists): "We knew there was only one choice for the preeminent architect of our time, and he happens to be local," sayeth the developer.

•   RSHP has towering plans in Bogotá, Colombia.

•   Miami goes into High Line mode and taps Corner to design a 10-mile Underline beneath the city's elevated Metrorail.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   DesignGuide amasses an astounding collection of Building + Design Movies (some wonderful, some curious surprises!).

•   Rafson riffs on 3 new films that redefine the role of women in architecture, "with their merits and shortcomings - although we've come a long way, we're still a bit uncomfortable with a woman in power."

•   Director McGuckian talks to DoCoMoMo's O'Toole about "The Price of Desire" that tells the story of Eileen Gray's life "through the eyes of Le Corbusier" (premieres in Dublin next week).

•   "World Fair" uses "sparkling, rare, color film footage" that mines memories of the 1939 World's Fair, the "modernist, techno-utopia" that was an escape, if only for a day, from war and Depression-era poverty "into the 'absolutely, shockingly beautiful' dreamworld of the event."

•   "Beautiful Users" at the Cooper Hewitt "provocatively addresses the roots and legacy of Dreyfuss's Joe and Josephine in architecture and design."

•   "Jan Kaplický Drawings" at the Architectural Association in London: "his concepts serve as a record of their time, and as art works in their own right."

•   Conti says the Heinz Architectural Center's "Sketch to Structure" is "a must-visit": "I have always been suspect of some of the fanciful squiggles that some architects display. But I've become convinced that these sorts of abstractions are actually useful" (lots of pix, too).

•   Carboni picks his five faves at Perth's Sculpture by the Sea (with pix of everything!).

•   Gruber revisits Davis's "City of Quartz" 25 years later, and finds it "still stings with insights. Yet, in hindsight he missed the biggest story of its time."

•   "Midcentury Houses Today" explores the transformation of 16 surviving homes by mid-century modern masters in the "unassuming" village of New Canaan, CT.


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