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Today’s News - Thursday, June 18, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow is this week's "floating" no-newsletter day - we'll be back Monday, June 22.

•   ArcSpace brings us details of "Snøhetta - World Architecture," opening at the DAC in Copenhagen today, which "gives a unique insight to the talented people, crazy projects, and the alternative thinking" inside the firm's universe.

•   Architects pay tribute to Charles Correa + Olcayto's 2013 interview with the master.

•   Hurst hails the 2015 RIBA National Awards winners that show how "architects are wringing every drop of firmness, commodity and delight out of ultra-tight budgets."

•   Wainwright x 2: "this year's RIBA awards recognize the best - and worst - of British housing" - with "an absence of the flashy cultural projects that usually dominate the gong."

•   He offers a terrific where-are-they-now by tracking down Serpentine pavilions: "what happens to these starchitect baubles after their summer in the sun?" (with fab photos of many in their then and now states).

•   Bridger delves into a Baugruppen project in Berlin, an architect-led co-housing development: the "revolution to-be in housing is not perfect, though, at the very least, it certainly promises something different."

•   Anderton checks out UCLA's BIHOME: "Can LA solve its affordable housing crisis with portable plastic outdoor homes where we live alongside lizards?" (we're game!).

•   McGuirk cheers the "rise in commonly owned spaces and services," and efforts "to reclaim the city for the public good. But how can it be upscaled from local garden projects? In theory, at least, the commons is full of radical potential."

•   King gives two thumbs-ups to San Francisco's new Boys & Girls Club "that makes everything around it better, including the lives of children who otherwise might have few options. The quality of the design, its understated strength and hints of youthful spirit - that's the icing on the cake."

•   Eyefuls of a gaggle of cabins at a Swiss campground offer the bare basics "along with a hefty dollop of architectural panache."

•   Rogers and Smithson pen "an impassioned open letter to all architects" in a last-ditch attempt to save Robin Hood Gardens.

•   A new report offers evidence of the lower cost of timber-built commercial buildings.

•   Eye candy for the day x 2: a new Chinese history museum with an "anti-gravity feel."

•   Babina's "Archidirector": 27 imaginary movie director-designed homes (too bad some aren't real!).

•   Call for entries: EOI for Tintagel Castle: Bridge Design Competition for a structurally-daring cliff-top footbridge in Cornwall.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Calatrava takes over three blocks of Park Avenue with seven blade-like sculptures (and they're not all white!).

•   Dunlap delves into what the Summer Solstice on Sunday will bring to Grimshaw/Carpenter's Fulton Center in Lower Manhattan: "Druids, take note" (though the weather gods may not be on their side).

•   WAF London showcases a selection of the WAF 2015 shortlisted projects in "a magnetically suspended gallery" designed Populous.

•   Heathcote hails Hatherley's "Landscapes of Communism: A History Through Buildings": it is "hugely ambitious. But he also treads too carefully in his critiques."


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