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Today’s News - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

•   ArcSpace rounds up some projects that prove good things can happen "when Art and Architecture collide."

•   The Pritzker's Thorne warns "of the harm it would cause" if Brexit doesn't "protect portability of qualifications" for architects.

•   Future Cities Project issues a challenge in the aftermath of Brexit: "The question is: do we see it as a moment of crisis or of opportunity? We choose the latter."

•   Bate sees hopeful signs in diversity benefiting architecture in Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni's approach to rebuilding her home city of Homs "using the principles of inclusiveness" that exemplify "the unique problem-solving our industry can offer."

•   Wainwright had us laughing out loud with his roundup of "Ozymandian mayor" Boris Johnson's "biggest design blunders" that left London "strewn with the wreckage of his own self-promotion, a city littered with forlorn relics of his botched backroom deals."

•   Gregory pens an in-depth (and must-read!) telling of the rather strange saga of Barragán's archive, "the bizarre conditions of its custodianship," and how the architect's ashes became a 2.02-carat diamond.

•   Walker is quite taken by (and not happy about) the Barragán archive tale of being hidden away in a Swiss bunker for more than 20 years: "the overprotective treatment of his work might actually be responsible for destroying it."

•   Lubell reports on all the ways Rio's Olympic venues hope to avoid being white elephants by being rebuilt and repurposed. "That's the plan, anyway."

•   Betsky bemoans the current state of civic architecture, but remains optimistic that small-scale, "precise, nimble interventions" will fit "the tenor of the times" (until we're ready to think big again).

•   Karaim is a bit concerned about Columbus, Indiana's collection of Modernist masterpieces: it "has one of the most celebrated concentrations of midcentury architecture in the country. But without any preservation laws, can the city protect that legacy?"

•   Gunts gravely reports that officials have approved demolition of Virginia's only Breuer building because it isn't a designated landmark, and "its significance was not noted" in the proposed plan for a residential development (though preservationists tried).

•   Morgan x 2: he cheers a Brown University "architectural gem" that "typified the optimism, idealism, and craziness of the 1960s," but needs some TLC to fully appreciate "what a groundbreaking design it is."

•   But he gives two thumbs-down to a "drab" and "lumpen garage" in Providence, RI, where even the "effort to hide its true and utterly banal appearance" is only "lipstick on a pig."

•   On a brighter note, the Getty Foundation 2016 Keeping It Modern Grants include the "first projects by female architects, the first project in Africa, and Soviet Modernist buildings."

•   Another park-filled day: Birnbaum looks at the "good-news/bad-news" of the Obama Library choosing Jackson Park: "The people of Chicago were presented with a false choice: surrender land - or lose the library."

•   Ulam digs deep into what makes a golf course built over an underground water filtration plant in a Bronx park so controversial, even though its "carefully crafted illusions worthy of an Olmsted design - the project is still an extremely sore subject."

•   O'Sullivan reports that Paris is seriously considering a 32-kilometer version of the High Line: "in auditing its underused spaces - and consulting the public on how best to use them - Paris is proving that even historic cities can find ways to reinvent themselves."

•   Welton cheers as a "piece of urban renewal" on Tampa's riverfront is about to "bite the dust" and 23 derelict acres are about "to be replaced by a new vision from skilled and talented landscape architects."

•   Litt lauds the Akron Art Museum's "great new garden that raises the ante on a gray downtown," and challenges the city "to do better, think bigger."

•   It looks like Sydney is getting serious about parklets after "last year's trial provided evidence of increased business activity," and "some clever design techniques" will bypass bureaucratic burdens: "The design has outsmarted the system."

•   Call for entries (deadline extended!): RFP: 2030 Curriculum Project.

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