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Today’s News - Thursday, May 12, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow will be a no-newsletter day - we'll be back Monday, May 16 (and just heads-up that it will be a short news week - we're heading to Philly for the AIA convention next Wednesday).

•   Wainwright offers eloquent praise for Knight Architecture's "masterful makeover" of Louis Kahn's Yale Center for British Art: "Kahn's sharply crafted temple of art feels as fresh as the day it opened in 1977" (moths and butterflies included).

•   Lubell lauds the YCBA's "sensitive restoration" that "deftly balances incongruous elements and lets the architecture speak louder than any of its collective insertions."

•   McGlone and Kennicott give us a sneak peek at the Smithsonian's African American museum by Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup, with "soaring spaces and magical views" that promise to make it "an instant favorite" when it opens in September.

•   Design leaders and "path-breaking" design institutions and practices parse whether impact design can be measured - and how to do it.

•   Litman offers statistical ammunition for Smart Growth advocates to sell its benefits to residents, businesses, and local governments.

•   Wainwright continues his U.S. tour with a visit to Soleri's utopian Arcosanti, and meets the "volunteers who haven't given up hope in his fusion of architecture and ecology" (several who have been there since the 1970s).

•   Schindler tells the fascinating tale of The Architects Housing in Trenton, NJ, that opened in 1979 and "has largely faded into obscurity," but to those who live there, "it remains as clean and bright as the day it was finished - thanks in no small part to the folks who run it: architects."

•   Moore meets up with the Williams, Self, and Bose to talk about their plans for the Biennale's British Pavilion, and "their radical solutions" that "could transform our ideas of what we expect from a house."

•   Brussat cheers Dickinson's "brilliant essay" about architecture's Trump moment, but disagrees that "it has little to do with style. The entire essay is a deft dodging of the fact that it is indeed all about style."

•   A look at why architects lose money through poor negotiating skills, and what strategies can keep them from becoming "entrapped in downward fee pressure."

•   Graham Foundation Grants are awarded to 59 "innovative projects engaging original ideas in architecture" (very cool stuff!).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   A roundup of the NYCxDesign festival underway now through next Tuesday across New York's five boroughs (so much design, so little time!).

•   A look at what's behind Melbourne's "What's the Beef with Brutalism" and the "Brutalist Block Party" that "celebrate a most contentious architectural movement."

•   "Unbuilt Edinburgh" (in Edinburgh) lifts the lid on "250 years' worth of ditched designs, rejected visions and unsuccessful competition entries which could have shaped the 'Athens of the North' entirely differently."

•   Eyefuls (by Baan) of a French artist's playful covering for "Gehry's Parisian garden folly" that Goldberger describes as "a case of art overtaking architecture."

•   Welton is totally wow'd by Locktov's "Dream of Venice: Architecture" it's "a gem, a vision and a little slice of heaven" filled with eloquent essays (by some of our faves) and "ethereally scrumptious photography" by De Cal (we agree!).

•   Bullivant and Ermacora's "Recoded City" delves into 43 "exemplars of grassroots placemaking" that show "how the power of today's global, ubiquitous information technology can serve the interests of the hyper-local."

•   Marron's "City Squares" offers 18 perspectives that "expand upon the contrasting functions of public space."

•   Frampton reviews Baird's "Writings on Architecture and the City" + Baird reviews Frampton's "A Genealogy of Modern Architecture."

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