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Today’s News - Thursday, June 19, 2014

•   Goldhagen is less than smitten with Rem's Venice Biennale: "Let's hope most people either ignore or reject Koolhaas's anachronistic, contemptuous agenda, and that architects go back to the fundamental, elemental task of design."

•   2014 RIBA Award winners now make up the shortlist for the Stirling Prize (great presentation!) + Booth parses the pitting of projects like Piano's Shard against Hadid's Olympic Aquatics Centre.

•   Menking muses about Brooklyn being on a roll in the 2014 Municipal Art Society MASterworks Awards.

•   A look at how Kenya has "lost the plot in architecture. Local architects are being accused of drawing building designs that have little or no consideration of the climate - aesthetics are increasingly being given a more significant consideration."

•   Katz and Bradley explain how Detroit "has gone far in following the new rules for urban and regional success. The region still has a way to go, but it has come farther, faster, than anyone would have expected."

•   A "miracle on shoestring" rises from the dust in a farm workers' trailer park outside of Palm Springs, and "exemplifies a new phase for the field of public-interest design.

•   Plans for Libeskind's Holocaust memorial in Amsterdam are being reconsidered: "The last thing you want to do is put a Holocaust monument in a place where people are opposed to having it."

•   Maki and the V&A team up to create China's first major museum of design in Shenzhen.

•   The Cooper Hewitt will re-open in December with a new name and star-studded designed spaces (great sneak-peek at some of the spaces!).

•   Machado and Silvetti and landscape architects Grant Associates win an international competition to design the Vietnamese-German University campus in Binh Duong Province.

•   Brook takes in-depth, unvarnished look at Hafeez Contractor, India's "slumdog millionaire architect": His "wildly prolific (and flamboyant) architecture has come to define Mumbai. But have his projects helped improve life in the city's slums?" (a fascinating read!).

•   Q&A with Chilean architect Radic, this year's Serpentine Pavilion designer: "do you hope to do more work abroad? 'Not really.'"

•   The Green Building Initiative launches Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors.

•   Call for entries: EPA 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement + Inaugural Danish Agency for Culture/schmidt hammer lassen architects Public Library of the Year Award (international) + Architect Magazine's 2014 Annual Design Review.


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