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Today’s News - Thursday, August 25, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: As summer winds down and Labor Day approaches, we've decided to take a (much-needed) break for a spell. We plan to return Tuesday, September 6 (unless we have to report for jury duty at 8:30 that morning). Enjoy the rest of your summer - or winter (depending on what hemisphere you're in)!

•   ANN feature: Belogolovsky is back (yay!) with another in his "One-on-One" interview series, this time with Russian architect Nikita Yaveyn, who talks about creative freedom (and sometimes lack thereof) and much more.

•   Moore gives us a sneak-peek at what the London Olympicopolis might have looked like if Scheeren's design had been picked instead of the "dull as ditchwater" (per Alsop) final design.

•   Kamin x 2: he gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Gang's City Hyde Park apartment building that is very "different from Chicago's current crop of glass-sheathed minimalist towers."

•   He cheers on a plan to make Chicago's now-polluted rivers swimmable by 2030: "My advice: Don't throw out your disinfectant just yet - significant hurdles loom."

•   Zacks gives two thumbs-ups to Liberty Park atop the WTC Vehicular Security Center: "As a leftover space, the designers were unencumbered by the duties of solemn remembrance, architectural spectacle, real estate bravado, and tourism."

•   Nyren rounds up 10 recent projects that offer "model strategies for making micro housing more livable."

•   The APA gets a $300,000 NOAA Grant to "help communities address climate extremes," and will result in a free online resource.

•   Donoff issues a call to the lighting community "to figure out how to document its past before its masterworks are lost to demolition and renovation - never has there been a more critical time to take this issue seriously."

•   A guide to free online courses on urbanism, architecture, sustainability, and development.

•   Call for entries: Future Cities Accelerator offering $100,000 grants: to 10 early-stage for-profit or non-profit organizations + Deadline reminder: 38th Annual Interiors Awards.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   World premiere of "Harry Seidler: Modernist" documentary set for September 7 at the Seidler-designed Australian embassy in Paris, alongside Belogolovsky's exhibition, then it's on to the Sydney Opera House.

•   A trio of exhibitions at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis "makes an in-depth exploration of the home," and "raises as many questions as they answer."

•   In Berlin, "ZAI XING TU-MU - Sixteen Chinese Museums, Fifteen Chinese Architects" presents commissioned oil paintings instead of photography along with a selection of models.

•   At Cornell, "Homo Ludens: The Architecture of Play" examines "links between childhood play with building blocks and morphologies embraced by architectural pedagogy and professional practice."

•   "Yesterday's Future: Visionary Designs by Future Systems and Archigram" details "why architects make such great futurists" (great images!).

•   Landon lauds Locktov's "Dream of Venice Architecture" with essays by "some of the world's leading architectural minds" about "their obsession with Venice," and "exquisite" images by Riccardo de Cal.

•   Q&A Kamin re: "Gates of Harvard Yard" and the stories they have to tell.

•   Q&A with Rybczynski re: "Now I Sit Me Down: From Klismos to Plastic Chair - A Natural History" - a "slim, insightful introduction to the piece of furniture that shapes not only the way we sit, but the way we live, too."

•   Brownlee cheers "Chairs by Architects" in which Toromanoff presents "examples of chairs laid out side-by-side with pictures of their designers' most iconic buildings," making it "easy to see how a designer's personal style makes the leap from architecture to industrial design."

•   A great excerpt (and images) from LTL's "Manual of Section."

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