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Today’s News - Friday, May 1, 2015

•   ANN feature: Taylor finds "delight and design" in "Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio" at L.A.'s at the Hammer Museum: "Wonder and joy pervade the exhibition. Skip - don't walk - to experience it."

•   "Sources" say the University of Chicago has won the bid for the Obama Presidential Library, with efforts to fast-track "state legislation that would authorize the use of parkland."

•   A look at how Chicago's Friends of the Parks and TCLF "are trying to fight off 'Star Wars' and the White House. It doesn't look good": "It really opens the door for other cities to display a similar hubris to grab designated parkland."

•   King delves into "several thousand pages of documents" (obtained through the Freedom of Information Act) that detail "how George Lucas' bid for a Presidio museum misfired," and "the strained relationship between the Presidio Trust and the billionaire filmmaker" (a totally fascinating read!).

•   Lamster laments what may be brewing for the Trinity Corridor: "Welcome to Dallas, a city with barely 15% of its streets in acceptable condition, still looking to spend billions on a highway through a park."

•   Kennicott looks at the change in our behavior in public spaces in a digital age: "Silence was once prized as a mark of success in many public spaces," like libraries and museums, but now, "the vibrancy of many of those spaces is measured by noise, hubbub and laughter" (+ an amusing take on selfie sticks in museums).

•   Anderton has a most thoughtful (and inspiring) Q&A with Hadley and Peter Arnold of the Arid Lands Institute, and their vision of "hydrological zoning" and "deep water intelligence": it "is about thinking about water as a true design question at the level of urban design, system design, city design, spatial design, public space and architectural building systems."

•   Capps inspires us to raise our auction paddle at the Van Alen Institute's "experience auction" online fundraiser: "Do you want to go bird-watching in Chicago with Jeanne Gang? Blow smoke rings in Copenhagen with Bjarke Ingels? Um, get in a hot tub with Charles Renfro?" (he "can't pass up on that hot-tub roundtable").

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Kimmelman cheers MoMA's "Latin America in Construction": it "recalls a not-so-distant time when architects and governments dreamed big about changing the world for the better" - and it's "an eye-opener, rectifying a long-skewed, Eurocentric worldview."

•   Roberts revels in MCNY's "Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks," an "illuminating exhibition" that, "like the city itself, is about what lies ahead, a promising but uncertain destiny."

•   Iovine digs "The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley" at NYC's Center for Architecture, which "shows how modern landscapes often make a better case for modernism than the architecture itself."

•   Shaw tools around "Prague Functionalism: Tradition and Contemporary Echoes" (also at the Center for Architecture): a "tightly executed and interesting" show "full of wonders that are worth seeing."

•   Heathcote is heaven strolling through Hauser & Wirth's show of architectural drawings, with "vibrant sketches from the greatest names of the 20th century. This is architecture at its most free," and "reminds us of its lost utopias - a rebuke to contemporary architecture that it has largely lost its nerve."

•   An excerpt from Harbusch and Burnett-Stuart's "Ludwig Leo Ausschnitt" to whet the appetite for the Leo exhibition at London's Architectural Association (great pix!).

•   Also to whet the appetite for "Le Corbusier: The Measures of Man" at the Pompidou Centre: eyefuls "the man, the modernist, the nudist."

•   Matchar cheers Lydon and Garcia's "Tactical Urbanism" that is "a history of the movement and a guide for aspiring practitioners" who want to improve cities "one rogue fix at a time" - and city governments are paying attention.

•   Benfield gives two thumbs-up to Green's "Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World": "I love it that it incorporates social sustainability as much as environmental sustainability and shows how the two work together" (full disclosure: yours truly contributed one of the essays - about Chattanooga).

•   Medina marvels at two new, "painstakingly researched books" that "reveal the depths of Louis Kahn's material explorations."

•   Lamster cheers Welch's memoir "On Becoming an Architect": "A Texas legend narrates his remarkable story with an easy, straight-shooting charm."

•   Happy May Day!


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