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Today’s News - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

•   ArcSpace rounds up seven tomes to satisfy any kind of holiday, from entertaining to enlightening.

•   Iovine reports from the Venice Biennale: "what sometimes looks like a wholesale rebuke is more like a wake-up call. And that is only one part of the biennale."

•   Rajagopal is quite taken by the elephants in the room at the Silver Lion-winning Chilean Pavilion that "shows just how little architects understand modernity."

•   Webster is quite taken by Rem - and concrete cows: "The question is: what do these rock-solid ungulates have to do with the future of architecture? The answer: more than you imagine."

•   Forget the World Cup stadiums (and their seemingly never-named designers), "a renaissance of Brazil's heroic-minded and intellectual architecture is taking place, after decades of lying dormant."

•   Conti catches up with an architect exploring architecture's new frontier: "bio-mimicry in architecture could dramatically change what everyday buildings look like and how we experience them," and could someday "inspire wonder," which "is what architecture does at its best."

•   Bentley makes the case for a carbon tax: "as designers know well, the impacts of inaction are potentially disastrous. Planning for an uncertain future is difficult enough. Without a guiding market signal like a carbon tax, we are directionless."

•   Speck offers his "general theory of walkability" in a compelling (and thoroughly engaging) TedTalk.

•   Walkability "gains a toehold" in king-of-sprawl Texas, where "dense, mixed-use town centers and revitalized historic downtowns have drawn attention to walkability even in suburbs."

•   Birnbaum explains the importance of studying the High Line "when discussing how we measure success in our public landscapes"; as it "continues to activate development along its boundaries, I also hope these edge conditions provide site-specific lessons about managing change."

•   ASLA taps Design Workshop for the Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project around its D.C. HQ, intended to be "a world-class model and education tool for developers, designers, city officials, and the public."

•   BIG winds things up with a watch museum in Switzerland "conceived as a 'landmark to precision' embedded in the Alpine landscape" (with lots of pix to prove it).

•   Christiansen cheers plans to add another modernist building to Kettle's Yard in Cambridge (U.K.), designed by "the bright young Canadian architect Jamie Fobert."

•   Vancouver-based Leckie discusses "the importance of discovery in design and the textural differences between projects in Mexico and the Pacific Northwest."

•   A great Q&A with Sperry, "the architect who wants to build a more humane prison."

•   Sydney picks five finalists shortlisted in the Green Square Aquatic Centre competition (and they're all Australian - what a concept!).

•   The L.A. Business Council has a long list of winners in its 44th annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards.

•   Eyefuls of the winners of the 31st Annual IALD International Lighting Design Awards (great presentation).

•   Goat tales (we couldn't resist): rental goats are on the rise in the fire-prone Bay Area to clear dry brush + they're chomping their way through invasive plants on state land on Long Island.


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