Wednesday, March 14, 2007

In the papers: Moses, Salmela and Mayne
Lots of news in the newspapers this morning. The great architecture critic Ada Louis Huxtable offers her thoughts on the Robert Moses exhibits now on display at three New York City museums. In a lengthy Wall Street Journal review, Huxtable remembers the fight to block the Lower Manhattan Expressway, saying the "subject defies detachment." And so does city planner Moses. (The Journal website is by subscription only, but the article is worth the $1 newsstand price. I wrote about Moses controversy one month ago on the Building Minnesota blog.) The Star Tribune visits architect David Salmela's new house, perched on a hill above Duluth. Despite its modernism, Linda Mack calls it "as warm as a Northwoods cabin." I interviewed Salmela in 2005 while his house was under construction. Click here and you'll hear a 5-minute report on Salmela's architecture and an extended interview with the talented Minnesotan.

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And in the New York Times today, Nicolai Ouroussoff raves about Thom Mayne's new San Francisco Federal Building.

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