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Today’s News - Wednesday, July 10, 2013

•   We lose Harkness, co-founder The Architects Collaborative in 1945, who "flouted gender conventions" and was "an inspirational figure for women in architecture."

•   Boquiren reports from AIASF's The Missing 32% symposium that explored how to keep women practitioners engaged in the profession: "In Denise Scott Brown, women in the profession have their real-life 'Architect Barbie.'"

•   Jacobs explores "a strange new kind of house emerging" in the wake of hurricanes and superstorms: "stilted architecture" - houses raised 10 to 20 feet in the air: "the most successful one I've seen - and the most eccentric...Chemosphere meets yurt" (says one architect: "we were giving it our best shot, to make them look as not-ridiculous as possible").

•   de Monchaux cheers Chipperfield's new addition for the St. Louis Art Museum, finding "rare excellence in the essentials" in his "super-historical modernism" (and the underground parking garage delights!).

•   Harrap drafted to help Chipperfield "address heritage and planning issues" with the recently rebuffed Geffrye Museum expansion plans.

•   Becker balks at some of the moves made to transform Mies' IBM Building in Chicago into a luxury hotel: "It's not unsubtle, and it's not a crime. It's reversible. But for the foreseeable future, the Langham is stretching Mies's aesthetic in ways that will be debated for a long time to come."

•   In London, Goldfinger's high-rise office complex "finally gets Grade II listing": though "they have never been to everyone's taste," it is "an excellent example of high-caliber postwar architecture."

•   Post is tapped to redesign the interior of Kahn's "largest and most glamorous" (and last) residential project (9 baths, 6 bedrooms - oh my!).

•   Melbourne's Flinders Street Station Design Competition comes up with an impressive shortlist of six.

•   The public/private partnerships formed to create NYC parks raise some questions that have "far-reaching ramifications: Detroit, Buffalo and Chicago have looked to New York's models for their own parks."

•   Saffron and Hough cheer Olin receiving the NEA's National Medal of Arts: for "the general public who have misconceptions about what landscape architecture is all about...the honor is almost as important to us as it is to him."

•   L.A.-based Scarpa named University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design's first BarberMcMurry professor.

•   A (rather long) shortlist of 300 in the running for WAF Awards 2013.

•   A good reason to be in Berlin in September: the 3rd International Architectural Education Summit.

•   Call for entries: Arquideas Grant 2013 Students and Young Architects International Competition + 4th International Holcim Awards 2013/2014 (regional phase).


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