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Today’s News - Tuesday, August 8, 2017

●  O'Sullivan explains why "Paris doesn't need the 2024 Olympics, but, if it plays its cards right, it is better placed than many previous hosts to emerge from the event with dignity and financial health intact."

●  Grabar cheers Los Angeles' "more radical Olympic idea" for 2028: "Build almost nothing" - the "nifty adjustments in urban management" for the 1984 Olympics "showed the kind of city L.A. could be and, to some extent, the city it has become."

●  Davidson delves into NYC's "first experiment with a federal pilot program that involves a public-private partnership" - that just might work in turning around a woeful public housing system - "a vote of confidence in the unglamorous but sturdy architecture of the public-housing era."

●  In Australia, "some fear our ability to deliver innovation is being restrained by regulatory environments which encourage risk-averse" planning and design, "encouraging a lowest common denominator approach" (whither architects in the regulatory process?).

●  Lamster laments the loss of the modern and contemporary design gallery at the Dallas Museum of Art, and calls on the city's architectural and design community "to pressure the museum to rectify this situation."

●  Breuer's only project in Australia, a 1976 factory building in Penrith, could become an arts and architecture hub.

●  Sisson takes on experiential design "offering architects a new way to practice and new opportunities" (thanks to "the attention economy" and the average human attention span being shorter than a goldfish?).

●  Betsky explains why, "in an age where the screen has replaced the pen and paper, sexy plans still matter."

●  Young Lima, Peru-based architect Córdova Ramírez studied architecture "to help improve the conditions of my city and country. I quickly realized that humanity was far from the focus of my studies."

●  Ford's Hip Hop Architecture Camps are turning "low-income youth of color" into "young urban planners remixing tracks and turning them into skylines. Perhaps some of the students' dreams could influence the planning boards."

●  NOMA's Project Pipeline Architecture Camp program at IIT teaches underserved students that "they don't have to wait until tomorrow - today they can go out there and change their own neighborhoods."

●  A team of educators and the Minnesota Construction Association partner in Construct*ium, aimed at "building solid communication skills in a changing construction industry" (talking face-to-face - what a concept!).

●  LeBlanc cheers Tye Farrow's Living Bridges proposal that "would build a condo community atop the Bloor Viaduct" in Toronto: "the time to dream big has come again. Can we spike the water with 1960s Kool-Aid? Perhaps it's already happened."

●  The World Monuments Fund partners with the Kumamoto Machinami Trust to restore historic Kumamoto buildings damaged by the 2016 earthquake in Japan.

●  A great presentation of the 113 projects and individuals awarded 2017 Graham Foundation grants.

Deadlines:

●  A|N 5th annual Best of Design Awards.

●  32nd Annual Mockett Design Competition for furniture parts, components, accessories, and hardware (royalties included).


  


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