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Today’s News - Thursday, August 21, 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, August 26.

•   ANN Feature: Nuts + Bolts #9: Whitehorn explains the 80/20 principle, and how focusing on your top clients can increase your confidence, stability, and profitability.

•   We are saddened by the news that we've lost Deborah Sussman, 83, but rather than run a dry obituary, we've chosen Hawthorne's compelling (and humorous!) profile of the ever "feisty" graphic design master from earlier this year.

•   Willett wonders why Canberra can't be more like Berlin in applying "intelligence, culture and community spirit to achieve high quality in city planning and architecture" that could make the Australian capital "one of the most beautiful cities in the world."

•   Capps explains what the Lego Company, seemingly more focused on a "Hollywood merchandising vision," can learn from its own Lego House Museum: BIG's design "takes imagination and possibility and injects them into a real-world structure."

•   Jacobson is quite taken with Atelier Deshaus's new museum in Shanghai that incorporates an old coal-conveying platform, and "shows that history can serve contemporary architecture, and that even the most unlikely artifacts can be sources of beauty."

•   Prison inmates use a four-day workshop to consider "restorative justice through a novel lens: design": their visions for prison spaces were more like a New Age retreat.

•   Wilson gets a bit woozy trying to decipher the WTC's "new, very confusing logo" crammed with "a mind-melting series of visual allusions" that "would almost be poetic if not for the fact that it could also be read as an ad" for Westfield's "luxury shopping mall."

•   HOK gets back in the game by acquiring sports-facility design firm 360 Architecture (whose name will "go away") + Arcadis acquires Callison (no word on status of name).

•   The Getty partners with the Salk Institute to conserve Kahn's masterpiece as part of the GCI's Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative.

•   A great presentation of an impressive 100+ projects awarded 2014 Graham Foundation grants.

•   Call for entries (deadlines loom!): Contract magazine's 36th Annual Interiors Awards + EPA's 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Q&A with "Rebel Architecture" creator Davies: "this is a really hard path to go down. Some succeed, some fail and all struggle. But I think it's optimistic that they're out there doing this."

•   Volner parses "the cult of Koolhaas" at the Biennale: he "may have missed the mark" with his own exhibitions, "but his influence brought out the best in the national pavilions"; the lesson may be: "Do as Koolhaas says, designers, but perhaps not as he does."

•   Bernstein gives thumbs-up to Japan's National Archives of Modern Architecture that "is off to a very promising start" with the "beautifully installed" show "Toward an Architectural Archive."

•   Byrnes is quite taken with Shanghai's Power Station of Art show that includes an ark filled with taxidermied animals: the "haunting installations reflect on nature - and the horrible things people keep doing to it."

•   In Suffolk, U.K., "Maps to Memorials - Discovering the work of MacDonald Gill" explores the works of the architect and designer "known for his colorful 'Wonderground' poster and his collaborations with Edwin Lutyens" that "led to a resurgence in pictorial map-making around the world."

•   "Infra Eco Logi Urbanism" at the Yale School of Architecture brings together research and design work by RVTR "to explore possible urban and architectural futures in a post-metropolitan world."

•   Glancey delves deep into Wilkinson's "revisionist passeggiata through architectural history" and McGuirk's "hike through the slums and outer suburbs of Latin American cities": both "seem bent, provocatively, on turning accepted notions of architecture and the values of the profession that serves it upside down and inside out."

•   Stephens cheers DeJean's "How Paris Became Paris" that "is full of creative insights on the symptoms of urban modernity."

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