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Today’s News - Thursday, June 30, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days (Happy 4th of July, America!). We'll be back Tuesday, July 5.

•   ANN feature: Bloszies' A Filtered View #6: "In our culture of fashion-driven design, a sustainable building will have to succeed aesthetically to be truly sustainable."

•   Perelman's $75 million donation to the "long-stalled" WTC performing arts center takes it "from aspirational to achievable."

•   RIBA changes its mind about calling for a halt to the Garden Bridge (we think - it's a bit confusing to us).

•   Brady makes the case for incorporating light industry into mixed-use schemes; though "very few examples exist to point the way," he comes up with some cool ones.

•   Alvidrez, a trained planner who heads L.A.'s Skid Row Housing, explains why he hires "inventive architects": "through design you can actually help enable the process of reintegration back into society."

•   The fascinating tale of how an Australian architect turned a simple health clinic in "one of the harshest, most remote places on earth" into a "life-saving work of art."

•   Moore cheers Todd's Elizabethan theater in a French castle that "blends timeless principles and modern construction."

•   Clemence cheers the new Kunstmuseum Basel: "Overall, the new design feels neutral. But it's a neutrality that is far from bland."

•   Seattle's new Center for Architecture and Design brings four professional associations under one roof.

•   Gould explains how - and why - the AIA COTE Top Ten Awards could/should be made obsolete.

•   Meanwhile, some small gems garner the AIA 2016 Small Project Awards.

•   What "might have sent a few tremors" through the profession in Malaysia: the PAM awards jury "decided that none of the submissions merited gold awards."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Ulam delves into the two exhibitions on forensic architecture at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

•   Jacobs ponders "Playboy Architecture 1953-1979," which seems to make a "provocative - but hard to prove - claim" that the magazine mainstreamed Modernism: "it's a chicken and egg question" (but worth the 30-minute train ride from Chicago - the show is in a Mies-designed house!).

•   Jervis has some quibbles with the V&A's Ove Arup show: it's "a victim of its own ambition - a bit dull, and worse, frustratingly unrevealing. But do visit anyway. It's a sincere endeavor."

•   Two more must-see's in London: Hadid's "Opulent Futurism" is making a splash in "a powerful exhibition" at the Masterpiece London Design Fair.

•   The Calvert 22 Foundation uncovers the "hidden history of Poland's radical post-war churches" that were the architects' "off-book passion projects, resulting in exuberant and ambitious structures."

•   The NBM turned to James Corner Field Operations for this year's summer exhibition, "Icebergs" - an underwater landscape in the museum's Great Hall.

•   Eyefuls of Eliasson's "unreal art interventions" at Versailles.

•   Bernstein cheers Kwun and Smith's "20 Over 80: Conversations on a Lifetime in Architecture and Design": it "demonstrates that 80 is the new 60," and is filled with "stimulating interviews with the elders of the architecture and design worlds."

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