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Today’s News - Thursday, November 3, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: To our fellow Americans: In this weird/wacky, distressing/depressing election cycle every vote counts, so please be sure to VOTE on Tuesday! Speaking of which...tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tues., Nov. 8 (then heading to the polls!).

•   ArcSpace offers Barozzi/Veiga's Bündner Kunstmuseum in Chur, Switzerland, "a tall, rectangular prism that reads as a stoic and contemporary form - it is bold, unforgiving and unashamedly new."

•   Arieff ponders whether "architecture can help shift politics into a new era - and might just change the status quo" (wouldn't that be nice).

•   Vozza looks at the ways office layouts can cause gender bias - and what can be done to make things better.

•   Horton continues the discussion about the "correlation between mental health issues and architecture practice," and lays out "the common traits of a 'dysfunctional design team.'"

•   Lubell looks into how "bird safety is changing architecture," and an architect's "informal circle of anti-collision advocates" who are on a "mission to mitigate this fowl holocaust."

•   Plan to spend some time with The Architect's Newspaper's deep dive into "water, landscapes, and urbanism," including: "Has 'resiliency' been hijacked to justify and promote development?"

•   Philly has high hopes for its own High Line-style park: "Competing visions for the former rail corridor have battled it out over the years," but it finally breaks ground.

•   Green offers the opportunity to experience Toronto's Underpass Park in virtual reality (very cool!).

•   Caruana offers a thoughtful introduction to how the Internet of Things "will change how buildings are made and used," and spawn "a new wave of creative design."

•   Bernstein spends some serious time with Schumacher, Hadid's right-hand man, who "now faces the daunting task of leading the firm she built - he is the right man for the job."

•   Volner spends some serious time with Snøhetta to find out how it "became one of the world's most sought-after firms": they are "determined to keep their projects as fluid as their off-the-wall thinking - it's what makes the firm so interesting to watch."

•   Eleven projects from around the world take home the ULI 2016 Global Awards for Excellence.

•   Call for entries: International Zumtobel Group Award - Innovations for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment + Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   DS+R "does voyeurism as good as anyone" in bringing Pierre Chareau's work to life "in a groundbreaking way" at NYC's Jewish Museum.

•   Keane is keen to view the Venice Biennale "through a digital lens - within an exhibition that seemingly focuses on analog practice."

•   Mortice cheers the Marion Mahony Griffin show at the Elmhurst History Museum in suburban Chicago, which traces her career "as she flit between design practices and continents."

•   Bevan gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Sudjic's: "The Language of Cities": even though "there are too many 'so what?' moments," it is an "indispensible guide to what makes a city a city - he has cautionary tales aplenty. We have been warned."

•   Brussat gives (mostly) thumbs-up to Settis's "If Venice Dies": the book "is a joy to read, and its righteous anger at the awful predicament facing Venice and other historic cities is an invaluable resource to be visited again and again by those who love cities."



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