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Today’s News - Thursday, April 2, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow is this week's "floating" no-newsletter day - we'll be back Monday, April 6.

• the Internets went wild with the opening of Gehry's Facebook HQ - a.k.a. MPK20 building ("a Walmart as imagined by hobbits" - Curbed; "ridiculously cool" - Popular Mechanics), so we've opted for MPK20's Instagram page with 100+ images (and growing)...make up your own mind.

•   On to more serious news: An in-depth look at the huge cost of poor land use in the world's greatest cities: "Even small steps to restore a healthier balance between private and public good would yield handsome returns" (but good luck trying to get "more liberal zoning rules" and a better land-tax system).

•   Dovey delves into anti-growth lawsuits that "are all the rage these days" - including one in NYC contending that bike lanes "are harmful to the environment and should be scrapped" (groan).

•   Nark tries to nail down whether Meier's Teachers Village will make Newark the next Brooklyn: "Luring middle-income residents is essential to reviving a devastated urban core. But will it be enough to turn around the city's battered downtown?"

•   Larson takes a long look at the National Parks Service's dilemma in dealing with climate change and a post-Sandy world, particularly on Ellis Island: "The landmark's damage and repairs are now a tug of war with nature, as well as a battle to determine what constitutes history and why."

•   Bernstein cheers the new Center for Architecture Sarasota, "a handsome glass-and concrete building" designed as a furniture store in 1960; what he finds most interesting is that the original architect (a Rudolph protégé) "is alive and kicking, at 84. A new generation of architects is ready to learn the lessons of his career, and of his modest furniture store with the immodest overhangs."

•   Q&A with Tchoban re: his Russian national pavilion at Expo 2015 in Milan, his other projects, and "the peculiarities of Russian and international architecture."

•   Urbach steps down as director of Philip Johnson's Glass House to pursue "research and writing projects."

•   Richard Rogers donates the 1967 home he designed for his parents in Wimbledon to Harvard GSD.

•   The RAIC gives the 2015 Green Building Award to P+W's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) at the University of British Columbia.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Russell raves about MoMA's "Latin America in Construction," an "extraordinary rich tapestry of exploratory, innovative and utterly exuberant works by dozens of key figures, many yanked from obscurity."

•   Bernstein gives two thumbs-up to "Ten Tops," an "intriguing exhibition" at Manhattan's Skyscraper Museum: "the sky is getting quite a few new baubles," but in many cities, "Cracker Jack boxes with prizes on top only serve to disrupt established hierarchies, and rarely for the better."

•   Ferro lauds "The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley" at NYC's Center for Architecture: "new photographs commissioned for the retrospective are a call for better maintenance and protection of his tranquil modernist masterpieces."

•   "Re-Corbusier" at Maison La Roche in Paris "serves as an imaginative counterpoint to the career survey of the architect's work" that will be on view at the Centre Pompidou later this month.

•   H&deM gets to show off its "intellectual rigor and sensual intuition" in "Material Future: The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery" (at the VAG, of course).

•   Margolin's "World History of Design," a multi-volume set 15 years in the making, expresses his philosophy "that the discipline's potential lies in solving big problems and the creation of culture, not just the newest products" (or style).

•   "Down the Long Driveway, You'll See It" by Gaudin and Arnold is a "vivid new photo book" that explores New Zealand's Modernist masterpieces (great slide show!).

•   Gruzdys is quite taken by Scheer's "The Death of Drawing: Architecture in the Age of Simulation": "If one wants to know what is going on in the profession and schools of architecture, this book is a must read."

•   On the other hand, Welton's "Drawing from Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand" explores and illuminates the ways that 26 architects "use freehand drawing to shape the built environment."

•   One we couldn't resist (and missed yesterday): Planetizen April 1st Edition - at least read the headlines - they left us howling!


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