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Today’s News - Thursday, January 29, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow is this week's "floating" no-newsletter day (Interiors Awards breakfast early, early!) - we'll be back Monday, February 2 (what happened to January?!!?).

•   Weinstein wades into the "style wars" waters and offers "a path to avoid the quagmire" of "fake controversies."

•   The Smithsonian looks across the Big Pond as it considers opening its first international space in London's Olympicopolis (with hefty support from Boris and developers - and a Republican Congressman!).

•   The Centre Pompidou mulls another satellite that has local French officials "excited about the possibility" of a Bilbao Effect in the region.

•   de Monchaux is totally enthralled by Predock's Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, where the Bilbao Effect "is more interesting": "the seams show to let you know that for all its volcanic and glacial geomancy, the building is the work of human industry and intention" (fab photos, too).

•   Vancouver isn't feeling the same vibe for a proposed Smith + Gill tower: the Chicago architects "have built many internationally-recognized buildings all over the world. But with this one, they struck out."

•   St. Hill does a bang-up round-up of Milan Expo 2015 pavilions that hope to "reflect the huge challenge of balancing our greedy consumption with the depleting natural resources of the planet."

•   Call for entries: Atlanta Bridgescape Competition (two bridges in need of help!) + LEAF Awards 2015.

•   Weekend diversions (and lots of 'em!):

•   Betsky gives (mostly) thumbs-up to MoMA's "Uneven Growth": "For an exhibition that focuses on some of our world's most severe problems, it is oddly optimistic and even exuberant" (with just a touch of his own pessimism).

•   Kennicott cheers BIG's "Hot to Cold: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation" at the NBM for a number of reasons: it "is obligatory for anyone who cares about architecture and museums," and "gives innovation a good name" (and more!).

•   Shaw cheers "Michael Graves: Past as Prologue" in Princeton: "He somehow marries the radical and everyday in a calculated way that merges art and life," packaging "radical concepts for the masses" (his "coat of contraband" is a hoot!).

•   "Antoine Predock: Strata" struts its stuff in Albuquerque, sampling "the expansive scope of this architect's approach to design."

•   Dvir, Rauchwerger, and Albrecht have much to say about "exceptional and persistent formal similarity that spans across history and geography" in "Icons of Knowledge: Architecture and Symbolism in National Libraries" at Harvard GSD.

•   The David Yannay retrospective in Tel Aviv showcases "the ground-breaking architect who began developing digital methods for architectural design in the 1970s, alongside a design theory based on genetic models."

•   Photographer Tillmans' "Book for Architects" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents "the ordinary and the extraordinary - with what he has called a 'warm eye.'"

•   Shaw cheers "Michael Graves: Past as Prologue" in Princeton: "He somehow marries the radical and everyday in a calculated way that merges art and life," packaging "radical concepts for the masses" (in a good way).

•   Hatherley hails Rotbard's "White City, Black City: Architecture and War in Tel Aviv and Jaffa" as a "revealing study of the myths that surround the modernist buildings in Israel."

•   Excerpts x 2 (and great reads): "Design for a Living Planet: Settlement, Science, and the Human Future" by Mehaffy and Salingaros + "From Formalism to Weak Form: The Architecture and Philosophy of Peter Eisenman" by Corbo.

•   Green has a long Q&A with landscape architect Anne Whiston Spirn re: her new book, "The Eye Is the Door: Landscape, Photography, and the Art of Discovery" - and much more.

•   Lamster and Vognar "muse on master of cinema Jacques Tati," and his "importance as an artist and his relevance to city dwellers everywhere."


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