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Today’s News - Wednesday, September 14, 2016

•   ArcSpace brings us McMaster's take on Durbach Block Jaggers/BVN's UTS Thomas Street Building in Sydney: "the joyfully crafted building offers respite from its tough surrounds."

•   Jenkins cheers Prince Charles being named "Londoner of the Decade," and his acceptance speech - he hopes the city's new mayor was paying attention ("lumpy mastodons" seem to be this decade's "carbuncles").

•   Miller parses Moore's parsing of of Schumacher's attempt to define parametric design: Moore "takes a high-minded philosophy, strips it of its pretense and finds that there's really not much there."

•   Hawthorne gives thumbs-up to D.C.'s new African American museum: it "could hardly be more fraught as a cultural institution or work of architecture," but it is "a piece of architecture supple enough to please the archivist and the activist alike" (despite signs of value-engineering).

•   NPR's Shapiro takes us along on a walk-through of the NMAAHC with Adjaye - and he likes what he sees: "This building does not try to hide or blend in. It speaks of pride."

•   Jacobs x 5(!); her "Engineered Nature" series explores hybrid projects that "are part manmade and part natural" (plan to spend some time here!).

•   Viladas corrects the lack of "discussion of just who made design magic happen" for Apple's retail identity, now that BCJ will be stepping "aside to make room for Apple's new favorite architects, Foster + Partners."

•   Pepchinski applauds 1100 Architect bringing some "funk" to Frankfurt's harborfront with the transformation of a historic textile factory into the East Side Lofts.

•   Gang x 2: the studio tackles scaling up tactical urbanism by "thinking sensitively about how we use and alter the buildings that we already have."

•   Mortice cheers the Gang gang's "sparkling new dorm" for the University of Chicago that "looks to build community."

•   Hass opens our eyes to the "brilliantly subversive work" of the Haussmann's, the still-working octogenarian architects who should be better known: they dubbed "Critical Mannerism" in the '70s, "jabbing at the pared-down heart of Modernism" (wow - who knew?!!?)

•   Aggarwal-Schifellite offers a fascinating profile of Alice Constance Austin, the early 20th-century feminist architect who "dreamed of collective housekeeping" and kitchen-less homes, to put "an end to domestic drudgery" on a large scale (another who knew?!!?).

•   It looks like the construction industry's newly-found love of drones is about "to rewrite how people do construction."

•   Eyefuls of the Finnish Association of Architects' shortlist for the 2016 Finlandia Prize for Architecture (great presentation).

•   The lists of winners of the ASLA 2016 Professional Awards and 2016 Student Awards are miles long, so follow the links!

•   Barcelona-based Carme Pinós awarded $100,000 2016 Berkeley-Rupp Prize + Holl hailed with the €100,000 2016 Daylight Award in Architecture.

•   Architect magazine's 2016 Architect 50 list includes mainstays and newcomers - and our cheers to Blackwell for landing the Top Firm in Design.

•   Call for entries: 2017 Palladio Awards for outstanding achievement in traditional design + Fels Policy Research Initiative Collaborative Working Groups Grants.

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