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President of the Rhode Island School of Design John Maeda announced his departure from the school at the end of the semester. Maeda has held this position since 2008 and will be moving on to join a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. [The New York Times]

For the first time ever, the Vatican is hosting an exhibit on a living architect. The "Metamorphoses of Space" exhibit features the works of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, including the first public display for the model of New York’s St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Calatrava is not known specifically for designing religious buildings, but many of the 140 featured works include religious themes. [The Washington Post]

San Francisco architect Henrik Bull dies at 84. Bull, founder of Bull Stockwell Allen Architects, was one of the first architects in the Bay Area to express value in the preservation of older buildings. [SF Gate]

Architect W.A. Sarmiento dies at 91. Born in Peru, Sarmiento worked under Oscar Niemeyer before coming to the U.S. and founding Sarmiento Associates in St. Louis. Sarmiento is known for his design of over 100 banks in the post-war era of modernization in urban areas. [Los Angeles Times]

Swiss firm Herzog & De Meuron's Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) opened this week during Design Miami/. The building is enclosed with glass allowing for views of surrounding parks and able to resist hurricane winds. Architecture critic Beth Dunlop calls it an "exuberant expression of what a 21st Century museum can and must be." [Miami Herald]

Mockery of architecture is not a new phenomenon, but it has been increasing in the last century. [The Atlantic Cities]

St. Louis architect Michael Jantzen has some ideas for architecture in the city, including a glass solar-powered bridge and a staircase structure built to fight obesity. [Riverfront Times]

“Aptness” is the appropriate word to describe landscape architecture from the past year. Check out the notable developments in 2013. [The Huffington Post]

As the U.S. enters a new period of urbanization, "how can we trust our own judgments when it comes to figuring out when to value preservation, and when to bow to progress? What, in the end, makes a building worth saving?" The fight to preserve younger buildings continues in cities across the country. [The Boston Globe]

Architecture critic Rowan Moore reviews biographies of architects and books about design. [The Guardian]

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