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Today’s News - Friday, September 25, 2015

•   Waite reports that the BBC has apologized to Hadid after the "fractious exchange" with Montague.

•   Schumacher reports that Prince-Ramus takes home this year's $100,000 Marcus Prize: He "is rewriting the story of architecture, taking aim at high modernism and starchitects."

•   Kimmelman continues his commentary on the saga of Times Square's pedestrian plazas, and gives a (sort of) cheer to Mayor de Blasio, who "now looks as if he is picking up the mantle instead of a sledgehammer."

•   Goldberger cheers the "fun-house moments" at DS+R's Broad museum: "I suspect that these whimsical interludes are what people will remember most about the architecture."

•   Taylor-Hochberg calls the Broad "the white cube museum to end all white cube museums" with "a refined foyer-area that feels like a Neolithic waiting room for a very important cave person."

•   Helmut Jahn has joined what could be an architectural petting zoo on Chicago's South Loop with an 86-story tower, not too far from Viñoly's 76-story tower announced yesterday.

•   Eyefuls of the five finalists' designs for a new Canadian Canoe Museum.

•   Randall tours the smartest and greenest building in the world, PLP's Edge in Amsterdam: "It's about resource efficiency in the traditional sense - it's also about the best use of the humans."

•   A good reason to head to Yale next week: "A Constructed World," the 3-day J. Irwin Miller Symposium, will "address how humankind is playing a decisive role in shaping the world."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   It's a very Gehry kind of day: Kats finds LACMA's Gehry retrospective a bit too reverential "that occasionally leaves the exhibition smelling ever so slightly of antiseptic solution."

•   Zeiger says the show "starts out magnificently modest. You would think that the final gallery would cap the career an architect at the apex of his facilities. It doesn't."

•   A great excerpt from Goldberger's "Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry.".

•   Pearman cheers Goldberger's "excellent" Gehry biography: it "is a history of an anxiety-driven, needy, thin-skinned genius. He is plainly on Frank's side. But he does not avoid the turkeys."

•   For Tarmy, "Gehry doesn't come across as a genius at all. He is depicted as a very talented man who worked very hard for a very long time."

•   Childers cheers "Building Art" for "agilely" balancing "the disparate subjects of art and biography. Goldberger's critical assessments are insightful and often riveting."

•   Simpson says it's "a warm and personable biography of the man," and an "eminently readable book" (not for "those looking for celebrity gossip").

•   There's lots to see at the new, pop-up South Street Seaport Cultural District (it will stay popped up through the end of the year).

•   "Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye" at the Art Institute of Chicago "highlights the threads and ideas that lead from one project to the next" + The show showcases Adjaye's "global textures."

•   Amarante is quite taken by Yale's "City of 7 Billion: A Constructed World": It "is supposed to blow your mind a little bit - all it took was an upside-down globe to do the trick for this reviewer."

•   Moore marvels at "Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age" and Wilton's Music Hall in London: "The legacy of Sputnik and the renovation of a beloved Victorian venue show how societies are shaped by dreams of escape."

•   Two "fascinating" shows in New York "explore little-known aspects of the midcentury movement" that "continues to weave its magic spell."

•   Heathcote hails Harwood and Davies' "England's Post-War Listed Buildings," a "wonderful doorstop of a book" that "documents the terrific diversity of an architecture that was for many years a cult at best."



  


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