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Today’s News - Wednesday, January 9, 2013

•   Wainwright confirms the rumors: Koolhaas will curate 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale: instead of common ground, it "promises to be a radical investigation into uncharted ground."

•   Russell gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Ennead's Yale Gallery expansion (he "hardly minded getting lost").

•   Stephens finds Mayne's Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas "surprisingly restrained" - it is "one of Morphosis's most remarkable works to date" (great slide show).

•   Volner ventures to the Strelka Institute: yes, it has a "glam bar," but its "serious underlying mission to help reshape Moscow's urban landscape has already yielded bona fide results."

•   Roche hopes to rally memorial commissioners from Ike's home state "to help chart a new course" in moving forward with Eisenhower Memorial plans: "Returning to the proven, democratic design process that is customary for our national memorials would make a good start."

•   Hodes has some choice words re: demolishing Goldberg's Prentice hospital: "How deeply sad and ironic that this dynamic space...lies empty. And how much sadder if Northwestern destroys the building, which evokes his modernistic optimism for the possibility of a new and better world."

•   Fischer explains how, in the coming era of resource scarcity, jugaad urbanism (doing more with less) "has the potential - maybe our best shot yet - to articulate and frame a global philosophy for sustainable innovation."

•   10 envelope-pushing projects to keep an eye on in 2013 (some familiar names; some surprises).

•   11 environmental pundits predict what's in store for green design in 2013 (some great links, too).

•   One we couldn't resist: "12 horrible plans for New York that (thankfully) never happened."

•   Huxtable oh Huxtable: we reviewed dozens of obituaries and tributes, and selected the most eloquent and heartfelt by some favorite critics of our own (last item is a bit of a shock for this New Yorker!):

•   Goldberger: "She never sought utopia...but she never gave up believing...that good design could make the world better."

•   Kimmelman: she "had that rare journalistic fill a yawning gap in the public discourse, to carve a path with moral dimensions."

•   Lange: "She didn't need to shout, but she had the power to shame."

•   Davidson: "she articulated the belief that if you're going to erect a building, you have a moral responsibility to make it good."

•   Calys: politicians and planners "should recall anew their charge to serve the public and the public good; future Huxtables will be there to confront them."

•   Hawthorne: she "addressed not just the aesthetics but the politics of architecture," and was "better known than many of the architects she was covering and certainly more feared."

•   Chaban: she played "a bigger role than any scribe before or after - and bigger than most politicians, planners and town elders, too - in the shaping of New York. She taught us how to read the city the same way she did."

•   Chan: she "influenced the development of American cities" with "fiery though accessible insights... blunt commentary and unreserved biases."

•   WSJ: "combined the forensic skill of a Clarence Darrow with the righteous passion of an Old Testament prophet" (with links to some of her very best WSJ columns).

•   A surprise (and shock?) to many New Yorkers (and others): the Huxtable archives go to the Getty (along with her NYC apartment and Marblehead, MA, home).


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