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Today’s News - Thursday, July 28, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, August 2.

•   Kamin et al. report on the pros and cons of Obama's pick of Chicago's Jackson Park for the presidential library: the site "is cloaked in a more powerful collection of assets" than Washington Park.

•   How could we resist a report on the "surprises and staggering prices" at the Four Seasons auction, where most items sold "for several times their estimated value" (and one for nearly 20 times its estimate!).

•   Hawthorne parses the Democratic Convention's stage set: "Homespun, blunt and direct. Not quite blue-collar, but stripped of airs" (unlike the Republicans').

•   Litt minces no words about what he thinks of the site - and design - for an outlet mall in Cleveland: it belongs next to a suburban freeway exit, not on the lakefront near the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

•   Eyefuls of Stanton Williams and Asif Khan's winning design for the new Museum of London at Smithfield market (spiraling escalators and a sunken garden included).

•   Menking's Q&A with MoMA curator Stierli re: the future of the museum's architecture and design galleries: "abolishing" them "is not and never has been an issue under consideration" (they'll find a home somewhere in the new building).

•   Ban proposed a museum for architectural models, et voilà! Tokyo now hosts a warehouse museum called Archi-Depot.

•   A "guide to how architects charge for their services - it's a system that mystifies architects, too."

•   New Federal rules re: overtime pay could "rattle" the architectural industry (no more exemptions for so-called "creative professionals").

•   Efforts by the Australian Institute of Architects to counter gender inequality are "not going unnoticed."

•   Weekend diversions:

•   "Small is Beautiful" is a new "moving feature-length documentary" that explores the tiny house movement.

•   "Occupied," on view in Melbourne, "focuses on better housing with architect-designed projects."

•   In "Wayward Eye" at the Venice Biennale, Denise Scott Brown's photos capture "the beauty and banality of cities" - "My view is urbanistic even if it's a teaspoon."

•   Chan finds "Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist" at NYC's Jewish Museum to be "a somewhat unprecedented tribute."

•   Moore isn't much moved by Howard's "Architecture's Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson": "the two never had a really fruitful interaction. Both might be called odd, but they weren't a couple."

•   Rybczynski's "How Architecture Works" is a "combination of his experience, knowledge and insight without exaggeration and self-indulgence."

•   In "The Anatomy of the Architectural Book," Tavares's "correlations and observations are stimulating and impactful."

•   Two new tomes explore William Krisel and Midcentury Modernism in Palm Springs and environs.

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