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WEEKLY EMAIL: MARCH 05, 2010


Why Nicolai Ouroussoff Is Not Good Enough

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ALEXANDRA LANGE

Why Nicolai Ouroussoff Is Not Good Enough

When I told an editor recently that my dream upon graduating from college was to be an architecture critic, she laughed. Not at me (I don't think), but at the idea of aspiring to a job that might be doomed.
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PLACES : ROBERT BRUEGMANN

The Architect as Urbanist: Part 1

Earlier this week we featured Ian Baldwin's review of Paul Rudolph: Writings on Architecture. Now, continuing the focus on Rudolph, we present, in two parts, an essay by architectural historian Robert Bruegmann, originally published several years ago in a monograph on the architect's late work, by Roberto da Alba. "The Architect as Urbanist" reviews the architect's unusually volatile career, and offers a close and deeply observed reading of several of Rudolph's projects in southeast Asia. All were designed in the last decades of his life, and all have been comparatively neglected in the literature on an architect whose career is now exciting renewed interest — even as the built works continue to be demolished and threatened.
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PLACES : AARON ROTHMAN

This Place is a Message

Arizona-based artist and photographer Aaron Rothman focuses on mundane rather than recognizable landscapes, in order to create works that allow us to see their subjects afresh. He focuses on buildings under construction — "ruins in reverse" — in order to explore "how we occupy the surface of the earth." And about both natural and built landscapes, he wonders: How do we, as individuals, relate to such places? Here we present two sets of recent photographs.
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PLACES : MIT

Introducing MIT's New Media Lab Complex

Open House: 3.5.2010
Conference: 3.6.2010

On Friday and Saturday March 5 and 6, MIT will officially open the new Media Lab Complex, designed by Pritzker Prize winner Fumihiko Maki, with a free public open house and a free public conference with the architect.

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CHANGE OBSERVER : AVINASH RAJAGOPAL

The Nano Effect on Urban India

Standing on a low, gray platform in the Cooper-Hewitt's Great Hall, the Tata Nano, India's tiny, approachable new car, looks rather pleased with itself. Maybe it shouldn't.
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PLACES : IAN BALDWIN

Reading Rudolph

Few architects have experienced greater career swings than Paul Rudolph, who reached a pinnacle of professional and academic success in the 1960s — when as dean of architecture at Yale he designed the school's famous-notorious Art & Architecture Building — only to slide into relative obscurity in the '70s and '80s. Recent years have seen renewed interest within the discipline — not to mention a meticulous renovation of his Yale building, now Rudolph Hall — though not yet in the larger public, which never learned to like the so-called Brutalist style. Here Ian Baldwin, reviewing Paul Rudolph: Writings on Architecture, explores the architect's volatile reputation and analyzes the "image problem" that has led to the demolition of important works. Baldwin focuses particular attention on two projects of the 1960s in Massachusetts: Boston's Government Service Center and the campus at UMass Dartmouth. Later this week we will republish, in two parts, an essay by historian Robert Bruegmann that focuses on the architect's later and lesser known projects in Asia, and makes a case for the "architect as urbanist."  
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OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER

Today, 02.27.10

Here are Today's images.
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OBSERVATORY : MARK LAMSTER

What Am I Doing Here? Tall Buildings and High Anxiety in Las Vegas

A few weeks ago I spent three days in a new entertainment complex, CityCenter, in Las Vegas. What follows here is not a traditional review, but a diary of my experience in that time.
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Report on Peepoobag, a new self-sanitizing, single-use, biodegradable container for human waste.
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The New U.S. Embassy in Berlin

In creating a new U.S. embassy in Berlin, architectural design is just one of the challenges.
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