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Today’s News - Thursday, December 8, 2016

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, December 13.

•   The team led by London-based Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and U.S. light artist Leo Villareal wins the Illuminated River competition to design light installations for 17 London bridges (looks cool!).

•   Post-Ghost Ship reckonings: Anzilotti says the "devastating warehouse fire has made it clear" that Oakland "has turned a blind eye" to "the horrifying extreme of a crisis of displacement that has gone unchecked."

•   After the Oakland fire, "two architects are putting together building resources to make DIY spaces safer for people in need of or offering immediate services."

•   Piano's "contentious" Paddington Cube wins planning permission, despite criticism and "new concerns about the revised design."

•   Hawthorne has (mostly) high praise for SO-IL/BCJ's UC Davis Shrem Museum of Art, "an unusual combination of exuberance and modesty" that "suggests that a new approach - more deliberate, tougher to parse, less self-promotional and in the end richer - for American architecture."

•   Mathematics writer Bellos gives two thumbs-up to the Science Museum's new maths gallery in London that "soars with stunning Zaha Hadid design" (with lots of space to walk around because there's now less than a quarter of objects on display in the same space).

•   Studio a+i's NYC AIDS Memorial opened on World AIDS Day.

•   London's Coppa Club adds "pop-up igloos" along the Thames riverbank to attract visitors to "dine, drink and socialize" in winter months (heaters and sheepskin blankets included).

•   Kamin cheers 2016 as "a rousing year" for "exceptional designs that rose above the norm of a mostly-mediocre building boom."

•   Small-business expert Marks explains why small firms shouldn't get their hopes up too high in the anticipated building boom, though "there are some bright sides for smaller firms."

•   Capps on Paul Revere Williams winning the 2017 AIA Gold Medal - posthumously: considering architecture's diversity problem, "why can't architecture manage to identify living women and architects of color for their most prestigious award?"

•   Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects takes home the 2017 AIA Architecture Firm Award.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Gaudio and Drechsler's documentary "Within Formal Cities" focuses on "architecture's role in global housing issues - a must-see for design professionals."

•   Grice ponders: "If architecture is so complicated and boring, why are movie architects so popular?" (especially when "the profession is often viewed as aloof and insensitive, even by its own members").

•   Croaker coaxes comments from Murcutt re: his "mosque without minarets, and architecture designed to transform - with the powerful and possibly unprecedented potential to transform relations between Muslim and non-Muslim Australians," and "Spirit of Faith" at the National Gallery of Victoria.

•   Moore picks his best architecture books of 2016: "Books about building for peace in times of war are among the standout volumes."

•   Green makes his pick of 15 books "for the best on the environment, cities, and landscape."

•   Jacobs chases "the elusive promise of big data" in de Monchaux's "Local Code," and Burrington's "Networks of New York" - they tell "two different chapters of the same story."

•   New books deal with "the re-emergence of a new style of Japanese architecture": "In comparison to the rather Neanderthal showmanship of modern, 20th-century architecture, the ancient Kingdoms of Japan haven't moved far in centuries."

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