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Today’s News - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

•   Bozikovic is pleasantly surprised that the "city-by-committee" being designed by four Canadian firms for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in Toronto "is coming out well" (despite it sounding "like a recipe for virtuous blandness").

•   Tony McGuirk explains the lessons that can be learned from Erskine's 1970s Byker estate in designing housing for people in need today.

•   Eyefuls of the four finalists' latest designs for the "contentious" Nine Elms Bridge across the Thames.

•   The NYT Editorial Board calls Congress on the carpet for dragging its feet re: Gehry's Eisenhower Memorial: "Critics in Congress insist that there will be no monument built without final approval by the Eisenhower family" - it should not be so: "This is not being built for the grandchildren."

•   King offers a standing ovation for SOM's makeover of ACT's Strand Theater in San Francisco: "focusing on the parts wouldn't do justice to the whole, the calm power of the void" where one can "watch the real-life theater of a civic crossroads."

•   Wainwright talks to H&deM about "their vast gothic design" for a "medieval village in the heart of London" - it's actually "a gargantuan new home for Chelsea FC" (a.k.a. a "cathedral" for soccer; renderings alone tell the story!).

•   Now that Harrison & Abramovitz's U.S. Embassy in Havana re-opening after what seems like a gazillion years, Sisson offers a neat round-up of American Modernist embassies of the Cold War by mid-century masters.

•   Andersen catches up with a scholar "rescuing Cold War history before it disappears" with a new museum in Los Angeles (vintage videos - wow!).

•   Rykwert pens a most eloquent tribute to Correa, "whose authentic modernity superseded stale colonial imports - much of his energy was devoted to the unruly and - as he thought - disastrous growth of Mumbai, his home."

•   Kamin cheers Chicago becoming "a nationally significant testing ground for public space" with three new major public spaces: "It's not just more open space. It's a different kind of open space - they make clear the increasingly prominent role of the landscape architect."

•   Litt delves into what it means for Cleveland to be part of the National Park Service's new "urban agenda."

•   Hosey explains how "sexism is alive and well in architecture" - it goes well beyond discrimination and pay inequity: "While the profession of architecture discriminates against women, the rest of society objectifies women through the image of architecture."

•   A new RIBA survey shows "9 out of 10 graduates still want to be architects - despite the industry's culture of long hours and low wages" (stress is one factor why others want out).

•   The London Design Festival team is launching the London Design Biennale next year, with up to 40 countries addressing the theme "Utopia by Design."

•   Elemental's Aravena named director of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale a mere 10 months before it opens.

•   Call for entries: Expression of Interest for the U.S. Pavilion exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, themed "The Architectural Imagination."

•   One we couldn't resist: Gensler's newest JFK terminal, The Ark, isn't for humans (but we sure wish it was!).


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