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Today’s News - Thursday, August 4, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, August 9.

•   Getting the odd/scary/bad news over with: San Francisco's 58-story, luxury residential Millennium Tower is sinking - developers blame construction of the nearby Transbay Transit Center; of course, the Transbay folks say otherwise.

•   And from the other side of the Big Pond: eyefuls of London's £1.3 billion cultural quarter Olympicopolis, a.k.a. Stratford Waterfront.

•   Jenkins compares the Stratford plans to the Museum of London's Smithfield plans: one is a "predictable mausoleum to £9 billion of public money"; the other, an "alternative exemplar" that "will have no need to call itself Smithfieldopolis."

•   The Stratford Waterfront architects brush off critics' "flurry of abuse": "It's a shame the grumpy old men don't like it, but it's hardly designed for them."

•   Critics have not yet weighed in on the just-released images of Robin Hood Gardens' replacement.

•   Dittmar weighs in on this year's Stirling Prize shortlist: "All told most of this year's shortlist are at least making some urban gestures and at least half are doing a good job" (but the House in Essex "deserved to be on the list").

•   Lange lines up a list of universities that "are investing in big, high-tech buildings in the hope of evoking big, high-tech thinking."

•   Heneghan Peng's Palestinian Museum honors "ongoing struggles while speaking to future aspirations."

•   Hopes are high for a Universal Hip Hop Museum in a landmarked courthouse in the Bronx, and the challenge is to "find ways to work a raucous history into a very staid building."

•   Call for entries: eVolo 2017 Skyscraper Competition (we can't wait to see what evolves - whatever we think of the winners, they're never dull!).

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Martin mulls the film version of Ballard's "High-Rise" that brings his dystopian vision of "the psychological effects of 'the tower block'" to life (the first sentence will keep us away).

•   Something we would like to see: "Glenn Murcutt: Architecture of Faith" in Melbourne: the Australian Islamic Centre "establishes a new architectural language for Islamic architecture in a contemporary Australian context."

•   "raumlaborberlin: 4562 Enright Avenue" at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis assembles a skeleton of the house to "inspire public discussions about why such homes were abandoned" and what potential they hold.

•   Yum yum: Mattingly's "Swale" is a "floating food project" where food can be picked for free; then the barge will float on to other waterfront parks in NYC.

•   Green brings us eyefuls of "A World of Wonders" in Tokyo, "a fascinating and bizarre collection of spaces" where visitors "shape the ever-changing works in real-time" (we love the Koi pool!).

•   Snarkitecture's "The Beach" heads to Tampa with a lot more balls than it had at the National Building Museum.

•   "The Tale of Tomorrow: Utopian Architecture in the Modernist Realm" is filled with "vibrant, eccentric architecture" that left Meier "yearning for that kind of experimental optimism in our structures today" (with a caveat).

•   Budds finds a moral in the story of "William Krisel's Palm Springs: The Language of Modernism": "There could stand to be less ego in contemporary architecture - and perhaps more butterfly roofs."

•   Pedersen's great Q&A with Rybczynski re: "Now I Sit Me Down," his new book that "feels loose and relaxed, as well s grounded and authoritative. In a way, it's like a good chair."

•   Koones' fifth book of her "Prefabulous" series explores how prefab "has evolved and become part of a broader conversation about how we build," and how "lifestyle shifts are pushing it mainstream as well."

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