Today’s News - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE - Day 2: Just a reminder that we're trying something new. You can now link to articles directly from the Intro note. In the e-mailed version, the underlined bullets are the links. On the newsletter's web page, the entire sentence is hyperlinked. As always, the actual headlines with notable names called out still follow the Intro.

●   Happy 100th Birthday, I.M. Pei! Wiseman waxes poetic (with humor): "he has consistently gone against the received wisdom - and he has been proved right in almost every case."

●   Just because: fabulous slide show of I.M. Pei and his projects.

●   Anderton hails Pei; cheers Neutra's VDL Studio in Silver Lake being landmarked; a tour of Mayne's home (any Bradbury ghost sightings?); and Paul Revere Williams' AIA Gold Medal.

●   Bentley explores whether architects should step into the political ring: the Trump administration's "proposed budget cuts to environmental programs and research have many designers wondering if they need to take a stand in politics."

●   Gould and Hosey revisit "Women in Green" 10 years later to parse what impact gender equity has had on activism to combat climate change: "A lot, it turns out."

●   Hillam ponders the impact and cost of the profession's "exploitative" and "dangerous culture of working late" (as chair of the Australian Institute of Architects' National Committee for Gender Equity, she would know).

●   Florida is leading the way in showing what the next generation of retail centers will look like with "street-mall hybrids on a scale that has not been seen before."

●   A walk-about shows "why design buffs must visit" Tokyo, where buildings that last about 26 years "go up and down like yo-yos" in a city that "never fails to surprise."

●  Sydney's "Silicon harbor" plans to redevelop a disused power station loses power because Google walks away: "the failure to provide public transport upgrades was cited as a reason."

●   Adelaide and Manchester team up for the EU World Cities program: "the link between the two 'advanced digital cities' would have economic and environmental benefits" (the Internet of Things included)

●   The best sister city pairing yet: Boring, Oregon, and Dull, Scotland (we kid you not): "the sisters may soon be triplets. In Australia, there's a nice little shire called Bland."

●   Betsky ponders augmented and virtual reality: "past and future will soon merge, with nostalgia and proposal" using "the past to inform the future - just as architecture has always done."

●   A new reality for Betsky: the FLW School of Architecture is renamed School of Architecture at Taliesin; he becomes president, Lasch will be dean, and Pentagram designs its new logo (we picked the story that actually shows the logo).

●   A look at what the proposed tariff on Canadian lumber will mean for the construction industry (some groaner puns, and links to detailed reports).

●   RAIC and The National Trust for Canada bestow Ontario Place Cinesphere and Pods and CN Tower with the 2017 Prix du XXe siècle "for their enduring excellence and national significance to Canada's architectural legacy."

●   Plan to spend some time with the Berkeley Prize 2017 Essay Competition and Travel Fellowship Competition winners.

●   Call for entries (deadline looms!): 10 to 10 Infrastructure to recognize resilience-building infrastructure (10 globally and 10 in U.S.) + A' Design Award and Competitions (international).

●   In your spare time, tool around the 1,958 winners of the latest A' Design Awards.

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