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Today’s News - Thursday, June 16, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days - we'll be back Tuesday, June 21.

•   The new UN Sample of Cities open-source data tool "measures the rate of global urbanization, its characteristics, and the potential effect of urban sprawl on the quality of life."

•   Adjaye wins the competition to design the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art.

•   FXFOWLE tapped to design a new Statue of Liberty Museum (no images yet).

•   Gunts reports on another Breuer building under threat, this one in Reston, VA, and the petition to save it - the developer's application for a demolition permit is being considered today.

•   Judah is quite taken with the "radical rehang" in the Tate Modern's Switch House: "Even on a dank and cloud-stoppered morning, the interior felt airy and radiant."

•   Betsky files his last report on the Biennale: "architects need to stop blaming anything or anyone else for what they themselves do not achieve," and go to Biennale and learn "what they can do, and then go do it with the beauty that has the power to move our hearts and minds."

•   Campbell-Dollaghan highlights some of projects in the (growing) database of refugee housing designs that is part of the Biennale's German Pavilion.

•   A paper engineer designs a portable paper chapel for Australia's first art and design led funeral home.

•   Murray parses the AJ100 survey that "reveals some uncomfortable truths about the profession."

•   Menking parses how Trump "has transformed NYC with barely the slightest architecturally-worthy design or public service."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   The 2016 Architect Africa Film Festival gets underway in Johannesburg next week.

•   The "controversial history of sabotage, disruption and resignations" will be immortalized in a new Swedish/Australian/Danish film "Utzon, The Man Behind the Opera House."

•   Why the upcoming movie "The Architect" is "a disaster for the profession": the "public will roll their eyes at a walking personification of pompous elitism."

•   Judah finds Hadid's last project, the exhibition "Kurt Schwitters: Merz" in Zurich, "is part iceberg, part cave and part shrine, created in homage."

•   Wainwright cheers the V&A's Ove Arup show that "celebrates the 20th century's most influential engineer."

•   Bevan x 2: he finds it a bit "discomforting that Arup has financially supported" the V&A exhibition, but it doesn't "undermine his worthy candidature for a show dedicated to his genius."

•   He cheers The Hive in Kew Gardens that "brings the plight of bees to life. As a meeting of the muses and architecture, the project is more than simply charming."

•   Ensamble Studio builds monumental land art in Montana "to show that it's possible to build architectural structures without disturbing the landscape."

•   Christo and Jeanne Claude's "Floating Piers" spanning Italy's 62-mile-wide Lake Iseo "will allow visitors to essentially walk on water."

•   Campbell-Dollaghan relishes Serraino's "The Creative Architect: Inside the Great Midcentury Personality Study" that presents "an incredibly intimate, at times uncomfortable, portrait of a group of now-legendary architects."

•   An excerpt form Yoos and James's "Parallel Cities" offers a fascinating history of the urban skyway, and "a new wave of interest in the skyway as architectural form."

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