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Today’s News - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

•   ArcSpace brings us racks of "architecture for fashionistas," where the "lines between architecture and advertisement blur" to create "surreal settings" and "magical."

•   Baillieu ponders a post-Brexit Britain: "you can definitely blame Brexit: for "the north-south divide," but will the new government "fail at regional development like all the rest?"

•   Moore, meanwhile, points to a new report that "points out the benefits of listening to planners' ideas instead of denigrating them" ("If you know any planners, go out and hug them" - at some point "most people will have reason to be grateful to their profession").

•   The Planning Institute of Australia issues national guidelines for planning resilient communities as an e-handbook.

•   Speck explains to Australians why "a 'walkable city' is more healthy, wealthy and socially cohesive."

•   Sisson delves into what is helping Birmingham, Alabama, bounce back, and how "historical preservation plays a big role" in the city's unified development plan (even though "things aren't all rosy").

•   Byles and Blaylock bring us a serious (and seriously amusing) photo essay about "Brooklyn's new everyday architecture for the 1%" designed by "actual architects" whose motto is: "A dollop of Walter Gropius does everybody good."

•   Losse takes a long look at the "architectural rivalry" between Rio and São Paulo that ultimately serves "as perfect cultural complements to one another."

•   Plotnick parses how owners and developers "are experimenting with smaller and smaller units and amenity-rich environments of rental properties to address the affordability problem and attract tenants" (doggy washrooms included).

•   Villagomez views Vancouver's new TELUS Garden building as complex - in a good way - but full of contradictions that should serve as "reminders to be vigilant about critically assessing what we hold dear about the public realm."

•   ASLA's new HQ in DC, by Gensler, is "pursuing certification through the International WELL Building Institute's WELL standard."

•   Llamas and Shanker bring up a most interesting issue re: London's Illuminated River International Design Competition - there isn't one lighting expert on the jury: "How effective are we at communicating the value of our practice beyond the lighting community?"

•   The winner of Design Our Ryde competition in Australia hails from Beijing.

•   It's a "star-filled shortlist" now vying to design the Royal College of Art's "ambitious expansion."

•   Macarthur and Holden ponder the use of the pavilion "as a device to explore the crossover between" architecture and art.

•   Quirk brings of eyefuls of Erskine's photos of the dismantling of Rudolph's Orange County Government Center: "he knew he needed to bear witness to its demise."

•   On a brighter (but also eerie) note, Stephanie d'Arc Taylor brings us the fascinating tale - and eyefuls - of Niemeyer's "forgotten fairground of the future" and "an abandoned trove of futuristic modern architecture" in Tripoli that is now pure "Instagram gold."

•   Forsyth's new photo series "Metro" offers nearly 150 "dreamy, colorful, empty subway stations" from Canada to Germany.

•   Cheers to Graham Foundation Grant winners, from retrospectives to biennials to provocative publications that will "offer forums for new ideas with the potential to expand the field of architecture."

•   Call for entries: Presentations for the 2017 Coverings International Tile & Stone Show in Orlando next April + Good Walls Make Good Neighbors, Mr. Trump competition (we kid you not).

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