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Today’s News - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

•   Kamin ponders "what design can - and can't - do to thwart terrorism," and whether it can or even should be part of the solution: "To ask designers and building owners to install even more protective is to seek solutions in the wrong place."

•   Feuerman and Maggi report from "Reporting From the Front" at the Venice Biennale - its "beautiful and intelligent propaganda" that is decidedly not "a wall of fame for the world's archistars."

•   Launched at the Biennale, the Time for Impact initiative calls on "creative people from all over the world to pledge their time and collectively boost socially relevant projects."

•   A rather British news day: Moore cheers BIG's Serpentine Pavilion, "the most successful pavilion yet - a calculated cocktail of flair, mischief, arrogance and the inventive solving of problems."

•   Heathcote picks his 10 favorite Serpentine Pavilions, and "two howlers that prove it's not always the biggest stars who do best."

•   Wainwright parses the six shortlisted designs for the Museum of London, from the "eye-catching" and the "ghostly" to the "corporate" - and "one that rings alarm bells."

•   BD queries UK practices re: Brexit, and finds many "have no contingency plans in place to deal with the fallout" of leaving the EU.

•   Chipperfield fires back at Jenkins "for ridiculing the 280 'luvvies' who signed a letter urging Britain to vote to stay in the EU."

•   Gallagher has high hopes for Brush Park, an incredibly "ambitious" residential development in Detroit that "promises to be something entirely new in modern urban development."

•   Saffron has a few issues with two "architectural wide-loads" on the Schuylkill waterfront - "their enormous heft should be setting off alarm bells" - they could turn into the "Great Wall of Philadelphia."

•   Hawthorne has (mostly) good things to say about the Mia Lehrer/OMA/IDEO design for FAB Park in downtown L.A. - except for "one overwrought element that should be reworked or scrapped altogether."

•   Waldie wades deep into L.A.'s history to see how it could shape the city's future.

•   Brussat basks in a Sussman/Hollander article that considers biometrics in accessing human response to the built environment: "Science must continue to flush out the truths suppressed by modern architecture. That's what science is for."

•   Dickinson, on the other hand, cheers Leo A. Daly's restoration of Roche-Dinkeloo's 1969 New Haven Knights of Columbus building, done "with both a reverence and fealty to design that is exceptional."

•   Rybczynski takes a fascinating ramble through the history of concert halls that today are "designed to be stand-alone icons," but they used to be designed as integrated elements of the urban fabric.

•   Eyefuls of MAD Architects' curvaceous plans for a housing block in Paris (curvy, indeed!).

•   Keskeys considers a new Labor Department regulation that "could have profound implications for interns and young architects - not to mention providing a headache for their employers."

•   Call for entries: 2016 Richard Kelly Grant 2016 for works using light in architecture, art, environmental design, and more; must be 35 years or under, studying or working in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico.

•   We couldn't resist: Happy 70th Birthday, Donald Trump (we won't be sending a cake).

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