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Today’s News - Tuesday, June 7, 2016

•   We are among the many who mourn the loss of Walter Hunt; Suckle pays tribute.

•   Ulam reports from the Biennale and Aravena's brief for "architecture to do something about the metastasizing 'mediocrity' infecting the built environment today. This is not a Biennale for the next Bilbao Museum."

•   Cocotas pens a scathing takedown of today's architecture "peopled with 'starchitects' who specialize in mega projects for the global elite" (with some exceptions, like Aravena), though "architects are not entirely to blame" - fix the education system, for starters.

•   Brady offers a "radical solution" for fixing the "broken" architectural education system that could make it "more efficient and help the profession become more economically, socially, and culturally balanced."

•   Speaking of starchitects, The King of Sweden adds his voice to the many critics of Chipperfield's Nobel Centre in Stockholm (it doesn't have to be that big).

•   OMA is tapped to design Buffalo, NY's Albright-Knox Art Gallery expansion, beating out impressive competitors (starchitects included) by "minuscule differences."

•   Eyefuls of H&deM's new building for the Vitra Design Museum.

•   Bevan parses BIG's Serpentine Pavillion: "Ingels promised architectural bigamy. And he's delivered."

•   An impressive international shortlist vies to design the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art (starchitects included).

•   Perhaps less glitter, but perhaps more important: Theaster Gates has a plan for a new arts center in an impoverished South Side Chicago neighborhood designed by Johnston Marklee.

•   The Detroit Creative Corridor Center is about to launch a 10-year city design initiative now that it's part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

•   Kolson Hurley reports on MIT's "Future of Suburbia" symposium: "The Center for Advanced Urbanism's new research initiative is long overdue but doesn't yet strike the right note" ("Reformers" and "Validators" need to get on the same page).

•   Ljubanovic explores why "Brutalist structures are suddenly in vogue," and how "many contemporary architects are adapting and updating some of Brutalism's core ideas."

•   Celada eloquently delves into how Havana's Instituto Superior de Arte by Porro, Garatti, and Gottardi "stands as a monument to the revolution's triumph of imagination and the failures of its promise."

•   Some of our favorite writers explain why 8 projects won Arch Record's 2016 Good Design is Good Business Awards.

•   Six take home a 2016 Palladio Award for outstanding achievement in traditional design.

•   Brussat cheers the Palladios and the growing number of awards for traditional design: "Pritzker laureates may well laugh all the way to the bank," but they "will be whistling past the graveyard if Truth, Justice and the Palladian Way have any say in the matter."

•   Chipperfield chooses Swiss architect Kretz as his protégé for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

•   Call for entries World Architecture Festival 2016 Awards (deadline reminder - it's Friday!) + Baldwin Bold Design Award Competition.

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