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Today’s News - Thursday, July 17, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: Just a reminder that we're on our summer schedule now, and not posting on Fridays and Mondays. We'll be back Tuesday, July 22.

•   ANN Feature: Knoops had a fine time at Rem's Biennale: "I left impressed and invigorated, but curious as to what might follow."

•   Heathcote, Wainwright, Rykwert, Merrick, Woodman, and Slessor weigh in on the 2014 Stirling Prize shortlist (our fave: "this year it's back to the waving and smiling business with an array of pushy personalities").

•   Holl (finally) wins approval for his St. Bart's Maggie's Centre (by one-vote margin).

•   Makovsky puts the spotlight on Cape Town, 2014 World Design Capital, with a great round-up highlighting its "burgeoning design community."

•   Weather disasters have been incredibly costly in both lives and money: "When coupled with continued development in disaster-prone areas, that means ever-more communities and assets will be in harm's way unless warning systems and protections keep pace."

•   Doig reports on HUD's follow-up to its Rebuild by Design competition - the $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition targeting 67 communities declared disaster zones in recent years.

•   An MIT mapping group at MIT offers "slick data maps help urbanites recognize the elements that they love, and the ones that need some tweaking."

•   Miranda found herself more "irritated" and "frazzled than reflective" during her visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, and reflects on two Latin American memorials that get it right in presenting "political tragedies rife with death."

•   Kamin pens an eloquent ode to Millennium Park on its 10th anniversary: "Chicago's dazzling urban space also proves a good investment" that demonstrates Chicago's "audacious ability to invent the urban future. It is in Chicago's DNA to build such wonders."

•   Litt cheers an $8 million gift to Cleveland's Public Square that demonstrates "the city's new spirit of civic collaboration," and "underscores the importance of such projects to the city."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   We wish we could join AIA UK next week for its 2014 Summer Gala on the Thames aboard a classic Mississippi paddle boat.

•   de Monchaux pens a riotous review of "The Competition": "Architecture's great shame is that it is a profession of screamers. A culture of casual cruelty" - and the starchitects in the documentary "play to type" (a great read!).

•   "The Fountainhead" at the Festival d'Avignon is a "smoldering take on Ayn Rand" and "electrifying theater" (and it's only 4 hours long).

•   Moore gives a cautious thumbs-up to the Design Museum's Louis Kahn exhibition: it "has much to marvel at, though it isn't the whole story."

•   Bevan gives two thumbs-up's to "We Will Remember Them: London's Great War Memorials," a "moving new exhibition" inside the Wellington Arch: "The greatest risk to the memorials, however, is that we stop seeing them at all."

•   Lange cheers McGuirk's "Radical Cities" that is "at its best when it offers a journalist's view of facts on the ground - doing the work of the old-fashioned urban critic."

•   Q&A with historian Conn re: his "Americans Against the City: Anti-Urbanism in the Twentieth Century" that "offers a deep history of that impulse in America, with some surprising twists."

•   Gonchar cheers Fortmeyer and Linn's "Kinetic Architecture": "although it is a book that focuses on facades, its analysis is more than skin deep."

•   Webb finds "Arts & Architecture 1945-49" to be a "fat volume" well worth buying: it "captures the excitement that contemporary readers must have felt as they discovered each project."

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