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Today’s News - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: We're taking off for a (much-needed) family gathering, returning Monday night. The newsletter will be back Tuesday, April 11 (with lots of catching up to do, no doubt!).

•   A day for coalitions: Budds looks inside the $90 million, 3-year urban design initiative "to reverse urban inequality" in six U.S. cities.

•   An alphabet soup of U.S. built environment and public health organizations has signed on to "A Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities."

•   London architects sign on to Londonon, a forum to explore post-Brexit opportunities (what about the rest of the U.K.?).

•   Budds revisits designers who voiced concern about Brexit a year ago: "There's still uncertainty, frustration, and anger - but also some reluctant optimism."

•   Capps introduces us to a confederation of housing advocates that's closely monitoring the not-very-forthcoming (and no housing expert) HUD Secretary Ben Carson's every move (housing advocates everywhere should keep an eye on, too!).

•   Franklin Ross almost runs out of adjectives for Snøhetta's Lascaux IV Museum that "reminds us we are all part of a 20,000-year continuum - they created a whole new world worth every hour of your time and then some" (great pix, too!).

•   One can never have too much happy panda news: BIG is designing a yin/yang panda habitat for the Copenhagen Zoo (we wanna go!).

•   A report on the recently ended Design Shanghai 2017 that learned the right lessons from last year's edition (we want Mouse Lamps for our cats!).

•   RAIC honors Hariri Pontarini with the Innovation in Architecture Award for its "luminous worship space" that is the Bahá'í Temple of South America (totally worthy!).

•   Eyefuls of the winners of the New York Affordable Housing Challenge.

•   Call for entries deadline reminder: The Driverless Future Challenge.

•   Weekend diversions (a little early this week):

•   Hawthorne heads to Palm Springs to explore Aitken's "Mirage," a "funhouse mirror" for selfies that is "as much an advertisement for the Desert Palisades development as a critique of it."

•   Saffron has high hopes that Philly will soon have a neon sign museum; in the meantime, some of this "extraordinary collection" can be seen in "See the Light" in (fittingly) a former Firestone tire store.

•   "The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945" at the Barbican explores Japan's "unique 'scrap and build' design culture" in "the land of the disposable building."

•   Granberry cheers "Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture" at the master's masterpiece, the Kimbell Art Museum, "the first major retrospective of his work in two decades."

•   In Pittsburgh, "Action, Ideas, Architecture: Arthur Lubetz/Front Studio" is a "remarkable exhibit": "He's a love it or dislike it kind of architect, but that is his intention."

•   "Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth" at Chicago's Graham Foundation "examines the recent proliferation of collage in architectural representation in relationship to scenography and theatrical set design" (lots of images!).

•   Campbell Gallagher parses Settis's "If Venice Dies," a "brilliant polemic" that "argues that the enemies of historic cities are universally the same: greed and ignorance of history" (great review!).

•   Flynn parses Flynn's "Chandigarh Revealed: Le Corbusier's City Today," a "fascinating" book that tackles the good, the bad - and the sad.

•   Hawthorne hails Podair's "City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles": it "makes an implicit argument that the fissures opened up by the fight to get the stadium built have yet to close."

•   Koolhaas's film-maker fils talks about following his father around for four years: he "doesn't respond well to having a lens shoved in his face."

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