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Today’s News - Monday, June 22, 2015

•   ANN feature: Q&A with HOK's Drucker re: Architect-US Professional Career Training Program, and the benefits of participating in the program for both U.S.-based firms and young international architects (+ info on his panel at NYC's Center for Architecture this Thursday).

•   Zeiger parses the curatorial and theme selection for next year's Venice Architecture Biennale: "Call it the Floating City meets Motor City."

•   Five young architects whose ideas could make a difference in Bangalore, "a city grappling with infrastructural challenges - its green spaces making way for the inevitable concrete jungle."

•   Preservation fears and woes: Birnbaum hopes that entries in the World War I Memorial competition in DC will "successfully nest the new memorial within a rehabilitated Pershing Park," and not simply obliterate the Friedberg-designed space that is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

•   French authorities give the go-ahead for the SANAA-designed makeover of Paris's historic La Samaritaine department store, "saying it 'did not break' local planning regulations" - needless to say, many are not at all pleased.

•   From one side of the Big Pond: A look at the range of options - and costs - of overhauling the Palace of Westminster (at the high end: £5.7bn and 32 years).

•   Moore makes the case for Kate Macintosh, "one of Britain's great unsung architects of social housing," and the threats facing her "bold, humane buildings for public benefit - now under threat from some of the very local authorities that commissioned it."

•   Winston picks "five architectural treasures we must save from the UK's heritage war" - from 500-year-old docks to 1960s Brutalism.

•   From the other side of the Big Pond: Kamin looks at the "the latest twist in the debate" about what to do with Mies's flood-prone Farnsworth House: the house "is elegant simplicity defined. But protecting the modernist landmark from the floodwaters of the Fox River is turning out to be anything but simple."

•   Groves reports that Beverly Hills' "highly praised preservation ordinance" is taking "a big step backward."

•   Hawthorne reports that papers have been filed for permission to demolish Ellwood's "legendary" beachfront Hunt House in Malibu (sigh).

•   Green gets a good (and rare) look the new U.S. Coast Guard HQ in DC, where 95% of storm water had to be captured on site: "while the system may look complex, it's actually pretty simple" - it's "a testament to the depth of the design" (deer grazing on the green roof! Too bad the public won't be able to share). - Six (very cool) international parks are in the running for the 2015 Urban Land Institute Urban Open Space Award.

•   Russell weighs in on the sale of Arch Record to BNP: "it will take tenacity, creativity, and innovation to make the merged companies solidly profitable and evolve with the ever-changing media landscape" (and hopefully, it won't be "dumbed down" or just disappear).

•   Tomorrow we will find out who won the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition - it seems fitting to revisit Betsky's December take on the finalists: "Meh."

•   Plans for Ralph Nader's "Tort Museum" in Connecticut have been ongoing for 17 years, and the design (by the team behind Orlando's Jurassic Park Discovery Center) "remains under wraps" - leaving some townsfolk rather "irked."

•   Cary and Pealer (of the much-missed ArchVoices) offer their opinions on "The Great 'Intern' Title Debate."

•   A good reason to be in L.A. at the end of the week: A+D Museum "Celebrate: Shelter" 2015 celebrates "returning to its downtown Los Angeles roots in the heart of the burgeoning Arts District in a warehouse-turned-museum."

•   Call for entries: New Ideas for Housing London (international, no fee) + 16th Annual AR Emerging Architecture Awards (international).


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