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Today’s News - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

•   Dickinson minces no words about the profession facing its own "Donald Trump moment. The vast majority of us do not feel part of the discourse," and "that 'silent majority' needs to have a voice or the split becomes toxic" (read it!).

•   Appelbaum takes a long look at how suburban governments are making it difficult for young families to find walkable neighborhoods: "Some voters still conflate smaller dwellings and higher density with poverty."

•   Great Q&A with Hawthorne re: his big "The Third Los Angeles" project examining "what the changing city is becoming."

•   Now there's some guidance in dealing with an often overlooked dimension of sustainable planning: extreme heat, with AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee's new report "Extreme Heat: Hot Cities - Adapting to a Hotter World," which focuses on science, policy, and design (written by Millard - one of our faves).

•   Stephens takes a long look at Houston's attempt to "become a model for equitable urban growth" - growing pains included: "we have not yet figured out the best path for encouraging that to happen."

•   Birnbaum explains why San Antonio is much more than The Alamo and Riverwalk - the city has "ambition, vision, nerve, and, it appears, well-conceived game plans."

•   WXY shares its updated Brooklyn Strand Action Plan to connect Borough Hall to Brooklyn Bridge Park, offering "heavily researched and well-thought-out recommendations."

•   Carter of Morphosis explains all the reasons any sustainable urban plans should include a "tranquility goal - dense cities without tranquility will fail."

•   A look at "Canada's starchitect invasion" that is giving the architectural landscape "a jolt of international energy."

•   Conley explains why Detroit "should be your next weekend getaway. The old city may never return, but the new one might become something better."

•   Kamin considers the "power and beauty" of Chicago's great gates that "remind us that there's an art to the architectural assignment of making an entrance."

•   ZHA, Benoy, Grimshaw, and HOK make the shortlist for Heathrow expansion.

•   Welton looks at how Raleigh "has not been the same" since now-retired Frank Harmon opened his practice in 1982.

•   The Society of Architectural Historians gets an NEH grant to enhance and expand the SAH Archipedia, the (very cool!) online encyclopedia of American architecture.

•   The Auckland Architecture Awards had "one category that did not perform as hoped - multi-unit developments remain 'weak in quality'" and "mediocre."

•   The inaugural RIBA International Prize shortlist is a very long list of "star-studded" projects vying to be named the "world's best new building."

•   Very few stars stud the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture shortlist filled with some amazing projects.

•   Another very long international list vying for Interior Design Magazine/ICFF's inaugural NYCxDESIGN Awards.

•   Call for entries: The ARCHITECT Studio Prize to recognize "thoughtful, innovative, and ethical studio courses at accredited architecture schools."



  


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