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Today’s News - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

•   ArcSpace brings us Grafton Architects' University Campus UTEC in Lima, Peru - a "man-made cliff" that is "redefining the dramatic edge of the city."

•   A lovely tribute to Howard Elkus, and how "he left a particular visual legacy in Greater Boston."

•   Gendall speaks with "brave" Syrian architect al-Sabouni about "the role of architecture in mending a country ravaged by war."

•   Denhardt profiles three architects in Lebanon, where the "ongoing conflict has crippled the progression of architecture" - and how the "festering bias among competitions has tarnished the profession and what it means to call oneself an architect."

•   Hawthorne parses Zumthor's latest designs for LACMA: "Goodbye, black flower. Hello, Inca temple": it's losing its "oozing oil-slick quality" for "a less fluid, harder-edged and more muscular form in sand-colored concrete."

•   Giovannini x 2 (from Paris!): He takes in the sight - and sound - of Gehry's Pierre Boulez Saal: the concert hall is "more than just a beautiful space" - it is an "understated work of a master confident of what he's doing, knowing just how much to say before stopping."

•   He parses Perrault's "bold plan" to remake the Île de la Cité that "unobtrusively grafts a glass city of crystal barnacles onto the stone city, leaving the stone architecture dominant."

•   Another D.C. memorial flying under the radar "without a design competition or invitation process" is "already getting the beginnings of pushback from the public."

•   Hosey takes issue with Rybczynski's take on "what if" architecture: "Dwelling narrowly on the legacy of designers gives the impression that architectural history concerns great men, not great places."

•   Kimmelman visits China's Pearl River Delta, where "breakneck development is colliding with the effects of climate change," but planners and environmentalists see "a chance to rebrand the province as a global leader in green, cutting-edge industrial technology and urbanism."

•   Lind cheers cities that, "without waiting for federal approval or funding, are devising their own solutions to inequality and social segregation" by investing in social infrastructure.

•   Jaramillo observes an "icebreaker" exercise with very diverse neighbors to re-imagine Philly's Mifflin Square through memories and Damon Rich's cardboard model.

•   Now there's an online green infrastructure guidebook that "works as a one-stop hub for city planners, engineers, and community leaders" - architects, too (very cool!).

•   Q&A with Handel Architects' Middleton re: how the firm approached designing the world's tallest Passive House building for Cornell Tech on NYC's Roosevelt Island.

•   Pilloton's Project H has evolved to include Studio H "to educate and empower young girls to follow their passion into construction," and "demolish stereotypes of what the construction industry should look like."

•   Kirk cheers the Chicago Architecture Foundation's graphic novel "No Small Plans" that "aims to empower the city's youth through stories about their neighborhoods" (a Kickstarter campaign is underway).

•   Pawson and Senju take home the 2017 Isamu Noguchi Award.

•   Eyefuls of the 2017 Skyscraper Competition winners and honorable mentions (some way-out-there stuff!).

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