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Today’s News - Thursday, August 1, 2013

EDITOR'S NOTE: We'll be taking Fridays and Mondays off through August. We'll be back Tuesday, August 6. Happy Weekend!

•   Levinson continues (most eloquently) the discourse re: women in architecture: "it does matter that we seize the that a quarter century from now no one need start a petition on behalf of today's women in architecture."

•   Dunlap pays eloquent tribute to SOM's Natalie de Blois: "Her buildings survive. Beautifully."

•   A New York sort of day: Bloomberg gets serious with an RFP for his dream of a Seaport City on Manhattan's East River, but "critics counter that sea level rise makes it hard to predict how high to build without putting more people in danger in the future."

•   Request for Proposals: Seaport City Feasibility Study.

•   Four teams vie for the $2.4 billion project "to build and operate a bigger, better replacement for LaGuardia Airport's aging and much maligned central terminal."

•   Hester Street Collaborative's pop-up public space at Pier 42 "creates an asset for the neighborhood while informing and building momentum for the design of a future permanent park."

•   Hosey takes on the "healthy materials myth": "until the building industry agrees on what a 'healthy material' is, the language itself could do more harm than good."

•   First look at Trahan's Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame that brings "contemporary design to a historic context."

•   A look at a few famous architects who have designed for McDonalds: "the biggest franchise in the world can afford to take a few risks and have a little fun."

•   Bergdoll is leaving his Chief Design Curator post at MoMA to return to Columbia: he "explains the transition is bittersweet."

•   FAT, Crimson, and Hatherley win bid for the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale with an exhibition relating to the theme "Absorbing Modernity: 1914 - 2014."

•   Southface founder Creech wins the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing, and its $50,000 prize.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   "Geographies of Detention: From Guantánamo to the Golden Gulag" at the California Museum of Photography, UC Riverside "investigates prison landscapes" (amazing slide show!).

•   Prison Architect is a new, "silly little" video game where you "build and manage your own maximum security prison," but "a few architects are not amused. Prison design is not a game."

•   The Biennial of the Americas has turned Denver into a giant outdoor exhibition space with architecture installations that "are well-conceived and thought-provoking examples of how cities are in a continual state of reinvention."

•   Merrick is only mildly impressed with "Richard Rogers: Inside Out" at the Royal Academy: "If you want a whistle-stop tour of his greatest hits, this show is it. Alas, and rather oddly, there is no real insight about his design process - the grunt behind the architecture."

•   "Insights into Architecture" at the Palm Springs Art Museum explores 1960s Modernism, and "demonstrates that everyday images can tell as much of a story as world landmarks."

•   Lange cheers "A Handbook of California Design, 1930-1965": it's "a must-buy for those interested in mid-century design, and a model of the kind of scholarship and publishing that leads to less forgetting and more knowledge."

•   Pack and Hustwit's "The Olympic City" showcases the afterlife of Olympic architecture (great pix!).

•   An excerpt (and great images) from Della Monica's "Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views" that presents "the urban form in all its grubby and exalted iterations."

•   "Bay Bridge: History and Design of a New Icon," written by its architect Donald MacDonald, "offers readers a gentle introduction to bridge architecture vocabulary."


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