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Today’s News - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

●  Saffron was "skeptical" when plans were announced for a memorial to the victims of the Salvation Army thrift store collapse in Philadelphia in 2013. "But now that the June 5 Memorial has taken its place on the land where the store stood, it's clear that it's more than just a way to honor the victims. The long, skinny park opens its arms to the whole city."

●  Bey is quite taken by MASS Design Group's national lynching memorial in Montgomery, Alabama: The memorial "conveys a low-key and respectful beauty as it tells a story that is as ugly as it is important - a deeply unsettling experience - and a courageous design choice."

●  Caulfield delves into how new cultural centers have become "catalysts" for new development in cities large and small (great read).

●  3 WTC by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is ready for its close-up: The 80-story "structure provides a unique study in 21st century architectural design" (with LED lighting "for fun and aesthetics" in the elevator banks).

●  Wilson cheers the "thorough refresh" of the BDP's 1969 Preston Bus Station renovation by John Puttick Associates: "There has also been a change of emphasis: from prioritizing vehicle access to favoring pedestrians."

●  Roux offers a round-up of where the Serpentine Pavilions go at summer's end: They've "ended up all over the world, mostly purchased by wealthy, enlightened art collectors. Some remain in boxes, though not for long" (and one "co-opted as a great place to hang advertising").

●  Bergdoll takes a deep - and fascinating - dive into Breuer's early career in Europe and later in the U.S.: "what remained constant were the material and structural experiments and the pursuit of lightness" ("heavy lightness").

●  Brown parses Gompertz's picks for Historic England's new top 10 heritage sites that "will be explored in depth in a podcast series - free on iTunes and Soundcloud."

●  A selection of some sad sites in SAVE Britain's Heritage's latest Buildings at Risk Catalogue, "which need a fresh start to give them renewed life and to ensure their survival."

●  One we couldn't resist: Frankfurt-based artist Guido Zimmermann creates "Cuckoo Blocks" - Brutalist cuckoo clocks based on Germany's social housing by the likes of Breuer and Goldfinger.

Winners - and hope-to-be-winners - all:

●  Schmidt Hammer Lassen beats out OMA, Henning Larsen, and others to design new Solvay HQ in Brussels with a design that "emphasizes sustainability, resiliency, and openness" - and aiming for BREEAM Excellent certification.

●  The Australian Institute of Architects names its full list of 2018 honor awards, with Alec Tzannes taking this year's Gold Medal, and a host of others meriting many Prizes.

●  Moscow Institute of Architecture students take First Place in the "RESIDE: Mumbai Mixed Housing" competition "with their careful appreciation of the existing village and its traditions."

●  Teams from the U.S. and U.K. win the Irish Cult Music Venue competition with their "concepts for a renovation and programmatic extension of the beloved local pub and live music venue, Connolly's of Leap."

●  The nine winners of the London Festival of Architecture's City Benches competition are now scattered around the city (some a tad tough for sitting?).

●  Six emerging practices now "vie for the prize of seeing their pavilion proposal built in the grounds of John Soane's Dulwich Picture Gallery" (gallery visitors will vote for the winner).

●  A very longggg shortlist in the running for the 2018 New London Awards.


  


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