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Today’s News - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

•   Russell takes a long, thoughtful look at "the price of Heatherwick's imagination. His designs dazzle, but their costs have stirred debate over the role of private financing for public spaces."

•   Bose at her eloquent best re: OMA's galleries in Milan and Moscow: "the cocktail of feisty women and seductive architecture heralds no less than a new chapter in the private patronage and public presentation of contemporary art."

•   Hawthorne is more than disappointed in proposed design for the L.A. Convention Center: the architecture "tends toward the frenetic - oversized and occasionally overwrought, its colors perma-bright" (and doesn't bode well for the city's selection process).

•   Meanwhile, builders battle Oakland, CA, about new rules "making them pay for public art," claiming the rules violate First and the Fifth Amendment protections (good grief); needless to say, artists are none too pleased, and builders in other cities with similar rules "will be closely monitoring the outcome of the lawsuit."

•   Litt, speaking of art, reports that Kapoor's shiny "C-Curve" at the Cleveland Museum of Art is "proving to be a temperamental guest" by scorching the grass; now there's an "alarming" DANGER sign that gets "in the way of truly savoring the sleek, minimalist sculpture, which now seems both beautiful and slightly menacing."

•   Perkins+Will reimagines beleaguered Atlantic City as a research center for ecological resiliency.

•   Anderton queries architects about whether Berlin's "Baugruppen" cohousing project R50 could be a model for L.A. (and elsewhere).

•   A British researcher looks at "how trees can worsen urban air pollution."

•   Cipriani cheers Viñoly's "resoundingly smart, sensitive design" for Boston's Edward M. Kennedy Institute that is "an object lesson in the power of limitations" (and "as fresh as the breeze off Dorchester Bay").

•   Keskeys kvells over Hadid's Messner Mountain Museum Corones that is "an exhibition in restraint from an architect often associated with formal exuberance."

•   Jervis gives (mostly) thumbs-up to the "glowing white castle" that is Barozzi Veiga's Szczecin Philharmonic Hall in Poland: "its relationship with the city's various pasts is more problematic," but "it is a good building, and we should be satisfied with that."

•   Now "it's Melbourne's turn" for that touch of Levete magic (boat builders included).

•   A British architect feels "duped" when he designs a museum to celebrate the history of the women of London's East End, but it opens as the Jack the Ripper Museum (yuck).

•   Waugh is not the only one feeling duped - there's a protest tonight re: this museum where you can "get the blood-spattered silhouette printed on a pint glass to remember your experience by. Celebrating a murderous misogynist doesn't count as celebrating women's history."

•   Good news/bad news on the U.K.'s heritage front: the British Library, once considered "one of the ugliest buildings in the world," is now a Grade I-listed building, but the latest effort to list the Smithson's Robin Hood Gardens has failed.

•   Parken parts ways with the Australian Institute of Architects, though he "will remain in his role" until a new CEO is appointed.

•   Eyefuls of 2015 Houses Awards - the Australian House of the Year is a stunner (great presentations of all).

•   Call for entries: Sleep 2015: European student design competition to design a hotel guestroom based on fairy tales and folklore.


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