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Today’s News - Monday, June 11, 2012

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of H&deM's (amazing) Museum der Kulturen in Basel, and Snøhetta's arts center in Bowling Green, Ohio.

•   ArchiAfrika Educational Network launches with 14 architecture schools across the continent signed on with the goal of "putting African architecture on the world map."

•   Menil Collection makes "a surprising choice" to design its new drawing institute: L.A. architects "best known for projects that are drop-dead glamorous - and vastly different from the Menil Collection's famously serene" campus.

•   Kennicott reports that an Eisenhower Memorial design hearing is delayed so the Secretary of the Interior can "meet with key figures in the design controversy" - though when and who would be invited is yet to be determined.

•   Heathcote takes stock of the boom in building sky-high residential towers across the globe: "9/11 could have killed the high rise for ever. But, instead, the skyscraper roared back as the default setting for luxury living."

•   Included in the mix is KPF's Seoul skyscraper sporting a cantilevered pool, which Medina considers "blatantly opportunistic, positioned as a selling point and a highly exclusive platform for the wealthiest of buyers" instead of a "natural outgrowth" of the design (we'd like to take a dip anyway!).

•   Perhaps it's time to revisit Claude Prouvé's now-demolished experimental apartment building made of prefabricated modules.

•   Walljasper on the "new stories to tell" that fly in the face of "declining, desperate Detroit" news: the city "has become a magnet for ambitious young professionals" in the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program.

•   A overview of some of Detroit's revitalization efforts that "offer glimpses of Motor City future" as they start to "bubble to the surface: "There's things being done here that are maybe impossible in other places" (and thanks to an ANN reader who called our attention to the Dequindre Cut, a new greenway born from a defunct, below-grade rail line - not everything has to be a High Line).

•   Hume gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Ryerson University's newest addition: a remade warehouse that "fills space effortlessly, even elegantly, notwithstanding this sense of restraint," but "as handsome as the architecture is, it feels strangely unfinished."

•   An in-depth - and totally engrossing (even to us not-sports-fans types) - behind-the-scenes look at the competition between two of the four finalists shortlisted for the University of Illinois' $100 million-plus renovation of its basketball arena (in the end, there could be only one).

•   A new animal shelter in Los Angeles "will challenge the outdated perception of the animal shelter as dismal dog pound" - geared to be a pleasant shopping experience.

•   ICAA's Gunther examines Mormon architecture as a "2012 campaign guidepost" (comments section worth a gander, too).

•   Rose's review of the week gives us a long (and totally unexpected) lesson re: Ray Bradbury influence on some key urban trends (Disney and Jerde consulted him - who knew?!!?), Piano's "shardier Shard" slated for Seoul, and a lot more.

•   FLW's 145th birthday was last Friday (what? No Google doodle?!!?): Byrnes looks back at why the master hated cities, "which might explain why Americans love him" (great pix, links, and a video).


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