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Today’s News - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

•   McKnight x 2: exclusive (and sad) news that Architecture for Humanity founders and board members are being sued for mismanaging funds; the good news: many local chapters now carry on as the Open Architecture Collaborative.

•   On a brighter note, she reports on how some firms find a payoff in offering pro bono services: it "can be tough, but the benefits make it worthwhile."

•   Schumacher sees a silver lining in Brexit: it's a "chance to experiment with new policies - the next prosperity potentials can only be explored and discovered if the straight jacket of the nanny state is gradually loosened and dismantled."

•   A look at why some firms who lose their star architects thrive, and others die.

•   Case in point: Hadid's 54-story "vase-like" tower in Melbourne gets the green light and is "expected to become a new visitor drawcard" for the city.

•   Ayers airs an intriguing opinion re: OMA's master plan to reinvent Paris's longest building, where 15 star architects designed "a cacophony of flashy exteriors all shouting for attention," but ends up as "an exercise in rendering the exceptional banal."

•   A fascinating hard-hat walk-through of Amazon's Seattle HQ where high-tech greenhouses create "a kind of Walden Pond under glass."

•   Soho House taps Ando to transform one of his own buildings in Tokyo into a co-living space, but the club's in-house team will design the interiors: "We don't want his concrete sofas."

•   Some notable names raise concerns about the upcoming Boyd Education Centre competition that "threatens to compromise the landscape of Riversdale and the vision of the architects," Murcutt, Lewin, and Lark.

•   Filler finds inspiration in the about-to-open the Hills on Governors Island, "a topographic miracle" that offers "a timely, uplifting, and sobering civics lesson."

•   King considers the fragile future of San Francisco's Embarcadero if city leaders don't get serious about finding ways to protect it "while accepting that profound and unstoppable changes lie ahead" as "environmental conditions shift."

•   TCLF's Birnbaum sees Denver's historic City Park Golf Course threatened with plans for a massive, 50-acre flood control project - another example of park land "seen as blank space available for whatever other needs arise" - creating "a slippery slope."

•   Hawthorne x 2: he challenges Maltzan and Stoss to remake sections of the L.A. freeway that are "prototypes for a new way of thinking about the relationship between the freeway and the public good" (both very cool).

•   Walker and Gropman each pen a letter from 2056: one is from a "utopian L.A. is where everyone wants to live"; the other from a "dystopian L.A. that gives you everything you love to hate, only more of it."

•   Dalzell is dazzled by the proliferation of urban slides that are "part of a larger urban-design story. Urbanists used to talk about retail and parking - slides add a little playful anarchy."

•   Help Wanted: Curator/Director of Columbia University GSAPP exhibitions.

•   Call for entries: USITT 2017 Architecture Awards for design excellence of theater projects + Plan B: City Above the City Competition to push the boundaries of wood building design in the urban environment.

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