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Today’s News - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: It's a Jane Jacobs kind of day, which explains why we're posting a bit late - tons of coverage to sift through and select the most pithy, enlightening - and amusing. If you happen to be in NYC today, CNU New York's Jane Jacobs Centennial Pub Crawl starts at 7:00 under the Washington Square Arch, and will end at the White Horse Tavern (where else!).

•   Stephens talks to some noted notables about why Jacobs is as "timeless as ever - she makes architects think about all the elements of cities that aren't buildings."

•   Nevius, Micallef, Lange, and Sisson weigh in on Jacobs's activism and influence in New York and Toronto, her legacy as a pop culture character, and her impact on today's architects and urban planners.

•   Moskowitz, on the other hand, explains why it's time to "bulldoze Jane Jacobs," and "stop glorifying her theories - we have to recognize the limits of her philosophies and the limits of the ways in which we've interpreted and remembered them."

•   Pedersen x 2: fascinating Q&As with Florida, who talks about Jacobs and her lasting influence on his work, and Duany re: "why we need both Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses."

•   McArdle tracks down why the chapter on Jacobs went missing in Caro's "The Power Broker."

•   Fabry offers Time's take - with links to the magazine's Jacobs coverage from the 1960s to its (rather brief) 2006 obituary.

•   Paletta ponders why the "struggles between Jacobs and Moses" still "loom large in the popular consciousness."

•   Gunts offers a great round-up of events around the world celebrating Jane's birthday (not just today's).

•   One we couldn't resist: Jane is today's Google Doodle (end of Jane Day stuff).

•   George Lucas may start looking for a new city to park his museum if things don't turn around in Chicago: "If the museum is forced to leave, it will be because of the Friends of the Parks and that is no victory for anyone."

•   Goldberger eloquently reflects on Hadid: "Now that she is gone, we can only guess what her imagination would have yielded. We can know only that it would have been different from anything that we had seen before."

•   Brussat tried to walk in Hadid's shoes but "they did not fit," so "to avoid speaking ill of the dead, I spoke ill, very ill, of her industry."

•   Lesser, whose Louis Kahn biography comes out next year, visits his Yale Center for British Art after its eight-year renovation: "the good news is that you can barely see the difference."

•   Lange tours Breuer's Bronx Community College campus where, in five hidden gems, "you can see Breuer becoming Breuer" (fab photos!).

•   In Melbourne, the Brutalist Block Party launches a month-long campaign "designed to bring the unpopular building style into the spotlight."

•   Talk about hidden gems: a 1940s hidden gem of a ceiling by Noguchi is uncovered and restored - in a St. Louis U-Haul store (of all places!).

•   Venice Biennale buzz: ArcSpace's Martin queries curator Boemio re: her ambitions for "Diminished Capacity," the theme for Nigeria's first-ever pavilion.

•   Bernstein parses Davidson and Ponce de Leon's U.S. pavilion plans for "The Architectural Imagination," where "Motown meets Venice."

•   Urquhart queries Bose, Self, and Williams re: the British Pavilion's "Home Economics," and "their motivation to bring domestic architecture, economic realities and socio-cultural concerns together for the Biennale."



  


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