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Today’s News - Thursday, July 21, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, July 26.

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of images from the Danish Architecture Centre's new exhibition "Abandoned" that looks at "what happens when the humans leave and nature takes over" - and a call for your pictures of abandoned places.

•   Hawthorne offers a thoughtful take on the "surprisingly sleek architecture of the GOP convention - a shotgun marriage of Star Trek and Macbook modern" (with only a slight touch of snark).

•   King is invited to Denver by some who are concerned that the city's "development boom is bringing pleasure to real estate investors but pain to everyone else" (cheer up, SF - you're "in better shape than our self-absorbed bickering would suggest").

•   Bevan parses plans for Parry's super-tall London tower to rival The Shard that, if approved, will be "an elegant 73-story statement of solidity rather than faux- transparency."

•   Osborne has high hopes for Ban's first Canadian project in Vancouver, set to be the world's tallest timber tower (its height as yet unknown) - "part of a growing movement in building superstructures made of wood."

•   Dunlap gets a sneak peek at Holl's waterfront Queens Library: "It will not suit everyone's taste. But no one will overlook it" (and oh, those views!).

•   Pedersen posts a great two-part Q&A with Kimmelman re: "Aravena, the Pritzker, and the opportunities for architects to reshape the world" + "The challenges - and opportunities - facing New York."

•   Kamin bemoans that 10 FLW-designed buildings didn't make the cut for UNESCO's World Heritage List; Corbu's 17 sites making the list "would have wounded the master's ego" (but there's still hope!).

•   Farago bids a fond farewell to the Four Seasons: "We should have known, when the Picasso got axed, that the end was coming" (but he does get to wade into the pool!).

•   And, just because...the Four Seasons online auction catalogue: Philip Johnson's fabled Table 32 estimate: $3,000 - 5,000.

•   The Canada Council for the Arts names this year's architecture prize winners: Dubbeldam Architecture + Design and Studio Junction Inc.

•   Call for entries (deadline looms!): 2016 FX International Interior Design Awards.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Denise Scott Brown writes about her "colorful and analytic use of photography," with eyefuls of images from her "Wayward Eye" show at the Venice Biennale (and upcoming book).

•   Sam Crawford picks his faves at the Venice Biennale: "The best exhibits spaced their ideas with clarity - leaving visitors wanting more; the worst were unintelligible, leaving visitors wanting a comfortable spot for a nap."

•   Raskin cheers "EXTRA-ORDINARY: New Practices in Chilean Architecture" at NYC's Center for Architecture that highlights 17 "passionate, strong designers in the comparatively small country."

•   "Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum" at the Art Gallery of Ontario is a series of large-scale installations that "upends the conservative customs associated with house museums."

•   "It Takes a Community" at the AIA's HQ in Washington, DC, and online "showcases community-centric design concepts by emerging professionals."

•   Homs-based architect Marwa al-Sabouni talks to NPR's McEvers re: her oh-so-eloquent new book, "The Battle For Home: The Memoir Of A Syrian Architect" (we're reading it now - and so should everyone!).

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