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Today’s News - Friday, September 18, 2015

•   Iovine finds a "welcome to Oz" moment in DS+R's Broad museum: "Though too eccentric to be an enduring touchstone work of architecture, the building deserves to be celebrated for a bravado and smart urbanism that future Angelenos can cherish."

•   Wainwright finds the Broad to be "the latest addition to what has become something of an architectural fancy dress parade along Grand Avenue - a motley group now joined by an abrasive white rock that threatens to grate them all to pieces."

•   Russell x 2: The Broad is "a pleasurable place to view extraordinary art," it "is not in the same class" as museums "made when great collectors and great architects clicked."

•   He explores another "burgeoning arts district" in the "sprawling, mongrel-like metropolis" that is Los Angeles beyond the "line-up of cultural crown jewels on South Grand Avenue."

•   Kamin parses the revised design for the Lucas Museum in Chicago: "At least Jabba the Hut is on a diet. But that hardly means the improved plan should get the green light. Is this stretch of Chicago's lakefront about to become an intergalactic architectural petting zoo, more notable for futuristic structures than the prized public space they occupy?"

•   Keegan considers the revised Lucas Museum "comic book landscape urbanism - it won't wow us any more when it's built than it does now. Ma has the talent to pull off this difficult project and really make something unique - the question has to be, what's holding him back?"

•   Gluck minces no words about what she thinks of the façade on L.A.'s Petersen Automotive Museum: "We're getting a Vegas-esque distillation of every bad architectural trend. Obnoxious, loud, and, ultimately, sure to be inexplicably embraced by the public" ("I pray the interior redesign helps me get over my misgivings").

•   Mecanoo x 2: the Dutch take over from Foster + Partners to renovate the New York Public Library (we anxiously await details/images, but glad to hear Beyer Blinder Belle is on board as well) + Eyefuls of the firm's plan for £350m Manchester University engineering campus, "said to be one of the largest single construction projects ever undertaken by a university in the UK."

•   Eyefuls of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition winners: SHoP Architects and Lever Architecture get some big bucks to "to support tall wood demonstration projects in New York and Portland, OR."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Lange offers a terrific round-up of must-see shows that hope to "immerse viewers in the world of a designer," from Minneapolis, London, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, and Pittsburgh.

•   "Pioneros: Building Cuba's Socialist Childhood" at Parsons explores "the material world of childhood in Cuba from the 1960s to the 1980s" from the curator's "grandparents, who, in an era of limited resources, 'kept almost everything.'"

•   "Listen to this Building" at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design "helps the blind and those with sight 'see' downtown Miami architecture" with hopes "to effect social policy changes in making Miami more accessible to people who are blind."

•   Wainwright finds "Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected" at RIBA London "a compelling exhibition. Some of the most entertaining exhibits come from more recent forays into Palladian pastiche."

•   Stocks seems to agree: "Palladian Design" is a "cunningly curated little show is a reminder that the architect's influence is very much alive and kicking - the Paduan's influence still has plenty of puff in it."

•   Hume and Bozikovic each cheer "Shaping Canadian Modernity: Toronto's City Hall and Square Competition and Its Legacy" at Ryerson University: "we're right to celebrate how Toronto got it right, for once" + "A parochial, prudish city took an unusually bold leap."

•   "Poetry and Dream" at the Tate Modern puts "avant-garde architects Alexander Brodsky and Ilya Utkin in the spotlight."

•   Wiener says Rybczynski's "Mysteries of the Mall and Other Essays" is "clear-headed and thoughtful, knowledgeable but unpretentious," showing "an even-handed curiosity and delight," though "as a reflection of our culture - the collection unfortunately falls short" ("show dogs" included).

•   Hawthorne says Goldberger's "Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry" is "generally astute, terrifically readable and disappointingly restrained."

•   Bozikovic finds Goldberger's "Building Art" chronicles "how Gehry became the most famous architect of his time," and "implies some answers but never really delivers them."

•   Gendall thinks Goldberger's tome presents Gehry as "someone not only committed to the art of architectural form, but also a practitioner with a deeply held conviction about architecture's responsibility to social concerns."

•   Medina has a great Q&A with Goldberger re: "Gehry's peculiar psyche, his triumphs and disappointments, and giving reporters the finger."


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