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Today’s News - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

•   Kamin considers the "lessons for city-building" between the sad Lucas Museum saga and the Obamas' pick to design a presidential library: one chose "an architect who does look-at-me, iconic buildings"; the other chose "architecture that values subtle experience over the sugar high of eye candy - Chicago could be in for a treat."

•   Capps sees the logic in choosing TWBT to design the Obama library: the firm "is as cool under pressure as Obama" - if anyone "can navigate the cultural politics of seizing cultural park space," it's Williams and Tsien.

•   The "Brexit fallout begins" as architects see their "fears confirmed after a number of firms made job losses."

•   Dittmar revisits Jane Jacobs' "Dark Age Ahead" and ponders whether smart urban design can "tackle the rise of nationalism" in the "disaffected communities who voted for Brexit."

•   Iovine is quite taken with OMA's Pierre Lassonde Pavilion at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec - "a glinting stacked-glass ornament, both monumental and modest; glamorous in parts and unpretentious overall" ("requisite architectural eye candy" and an astounding underground tunnel included).

•   Q&A with Scheeren re: "weird buildings," his critics, and "how Asia can lead the way in building cities that change the way we interact."

•   A fascinating conversation with Safdie and Moriyama, the "now elegant lions in winter," re: Canada's big architectural gamble on two young architects 50 years ago; such a gamble "seems unimaginable today."

•   Keskeys offers an interesting take on the eternal "Less Is More" vs. "Less Is a Bore" debate.

•   Lamster at his long-form best re: "the saga of Paul Rudolph's forgotten attempt to reinvent the skyscraper, hidden in plain sight in Dallas" (per his e-mail to us).

•   Kohlstedt delves into some creative reuse of abandoned big-box stores: "no one cares about what happens to unloved structures, making them perfect candidates for complete transformations."

•   Eyefuls of the MRY-led team's winning design for the new College of Architecture and Design at Wenzhou-Kean University in China.

•   In Sacramento, a long-shuttered Beaux Arts-style power plant will be converted into a STEM center, "seen as the lynchpin of a post-industrial, regional science and culture greenway."

•   Two we couldn't resist: Hosey is hilarious re: the set design for the Republican Convention: "If the designers had been asked to create a setting that signals the chaos of this campaign, they could not have done it better" ("steps to a temple" included).

•   Shapton and Maak tell the poignant tales of houses "that love built - the culmination of passionate affairs" for Vitti, Gray, and FLW, that became the places the affairs ended.

•   Zaha Hadid Architects and Glenn Howells Architects are the finalists now vying to design a new stadium in Gloucestershire, UK, set to be the centerpiece of a £100 million, 100-acre sports and green technology business park.

•   It's a very longgggg shortlist vying for LEAF Awards 2016, and LEAF International gives Calatrava the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.

•   Some fabulous finalists in the Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize.

•   Call for entries: EOI: K2K International Urban Design Competition to identify the best plans for Kingsford and Kensington Town Centres, Sydney.

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