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Today’s News - Wednesday, July 31, 2013

•   Kamin pays tribute to de Blois, a pioneering woman architect at SOM who, according to Nathaniel Owings, "deserved credit for projects that typically went to senior male partners."

•   Q&A with former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley re: his The Sustainability Exchange to help cities innovate for the future.

•   Roudman explains why New York's "greenest" skyscraper "is actually its biggest energy hog: It's not just an embarrassment; it symbolizes a flaw at the heart of the effort to combat climate change - how businesses use their buildings is just as important as how they design them."

•   Pedersen picks up the story, saying it "painfully underscores the shortcomings of the LEED process. That must change, otherwise the program risks becoming irrelevant."

•   AIA Detroit's Arvan calls on local architects to "imagine better built environments: The market is ready. We are ready."

•   Perhaps the city should consider the 20K House: Rural Studio hopes "to have models that can be reproduced on a large scale."

•   Green is impressed with Atlantic City's effort to undo "the perception that it's only a place for 'blue-haired old ladies'" with a "fascinating new sculpture park" in a place that had "no roses to stop and smell."

•   Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens now dons distinctive shelters "that respond to the landscape context, both conceptually and physically" (we want one!).

•   Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project invites 8 emerging architecture firms to envision an innovative, flood-resistant pavilion on the on the Harlem River waterfront.

•   Edelson ponders whether Gang's "top-of-the-line" new dorm is actually right for UChicago campus.

•   Artemel looks at how Dutch architects "have helped the nation become the foremost influence on contemporary design" (great pix!).

•   A Madrid-based firm beats out a Swede and an American to win the Bristol Royal Infirmary competition with a "veil" that will "be drawn over the 'ugly' hospital."

•   A new 44-story tower set to rise in London's Elephant & Castle (affordable units and a new theater included).

•   Goodyear tags along with Schwendinger, who "is leading a community effort to rethink the way neighborhoods look after dark."

•   Eyefuls of the winners in the Eye Lines drawings competition (some stunning images!).

•   AIA Chicago sets up a pop-up space to show off its Small Firm/Small Project Award winners ("not everyone needs a skyscraper").

•   Call for entries: Contract magazine's 35th Annual Interiors Awards.


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