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Today’s News - Thursday, February 2, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tomorrow and Monday will be no-newsletter days. We'll be back Tuesday, February 7. Meanwhile, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, so six more weeks of winter - oh joy...

•   Architecture schools and firms are rocked by Trump's travel ban - "schools felt the effects immediately."

•   Lange takes a long and fascinating look at "the forgotten history of Japanese-American designers' World War II internment" (a fab read!).

•   Wood profiles a "new wave of European architecture collectives" and "spatial activists who operate from the sidelines as facilitators to pursue a specific objective."

•   A new AIA report "identifies five 'keystones' themes and recommends 11 concrete actions to "pave the way" for the profession to be more diverse and inclusive.

•   Eyefuls of Calatrava's first project in the U.K. (£1 billion and really big!).

•   Meanwhile, Paris-based AWP takes on the task of designing a creative hub in Liverpool (also big).

•   de Forest: parses projects by Drexel University and UPenn that "have dramatically reconstructed" a Philly intersection that proves "inventive urban planning and close attention to what happens at street level can overcome a multitude of architectural sins."

•   A report on a Parks Without Borders program re: how cities are embracing innovative park planning to "create a more seamless public realm."

•   Kimmelman considers how Parks Without Borders' "populist rhetoric" is being used "to argue against opening up a gated part" of the American Museum of Natural History's public park.

•   Heatherwick's Pier55 on the Hudson "may not appear quite like the stunning first renderings," which "raises questions about a design process that's shaped a major public space largely outside of the public eye."

•   Kirk's great Q&A with Burkhalter re: the history of playgrounds, helicopter parenting, and the potential for a renaissance of more stimulating, liberating [i.e. "riskier"] play spaces."

•   Mendes da Rocha takes home RIBA's Royal Gold Medal.

•   Architectural historian Hillary Lewis is named chief curator at Philip Johnson's Glass House.

•   Call for entries: LA+ Design Ideas Competition for a new island anywhere in the world + 2017 RAMSA Travel Fellowship.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   "Say It Loud: Distinguished Black Designers of NYCOBA | NOMA" at NYC's Center for Architecture "shines a light on the many achievements of black architects."

•   "Architecture in the Public Realm" at the Center for Architecture Sarasota highlights the "importance of public architecture" that "must be all things to all users."

•   "The Concrete Atlantis Revisited" at London's Museum of Architecture "takes Banham's 1986 book as a starting point to examine the influence of industrial architecture on the built environment."

•   "Evolution" at Toronto's Design Exchange "examines how biomimicry has given new rise to design thinking."

•   Harvard GSD's "Architectural Ethnography" showcases Atelier Bow-Wow's "unique perspective on the relationship between human interaction with architecture."

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