Eisenhower Memorial: A House Natural Resources Committee report on the Eisenhower Memorial project says that the Eisenhower Memorial Commission has spent $41 million on the project so far, including a $16.4 million to $19 million contract with Los Angeles-based Gehry Partners. The commission disputes the accuracy of the report's numbers. [The New York Times]
Quote of the Day: "To look back on his plans today is to be stunned by the sweep of what the architects thought they could accomplish. Needless to say, [Walter] Gropius was guilty of presumption and naivete, but it was a beautiful dream in an era when the Middle East felt new again, after the long hangover of colonialism, and ancient hatreds were, if not extinct, less corrosive than they feel today." —Ted Widmer of Brown University and the New America Foundation on Gropius' vision for Iraq. [The Boston Globe]
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Video of the Day: John Oliver pokes fun at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. (NSFW) [h/t Vox]
Map of the Day: The fastest-growing U.S. cities are those with housing that's affordable. [The New York Times]
Happy birthday to the 2014 Pritzker Prize laureate Shigeru Ban, Hon. FAIA, who turns 57 today.
5 More Stories for Tuesday:
Honeycomb-inspired tent pods for music festivals. [Wired]
The Orlando City Soccer Club is moving their proposed stadium down one block. [Orlando Sentinel]
An exhibition opening later this month at the Yale School of Architecture examines the issues in the Great Lakes Megaregion of North America and how design could address them. [Yale News]
This slow-motion video wordlessly captures the often-overlooked beauty of summer in New York. [Fast Co.Design]
What is the world fair of the future? [The New York Times]
Step Up, Step Down:
President Obama nominated Lourdes M. Castro Ramirez, president and CEO of the San Antonio Housing Authority, to become assistant secretary for public and Indian housing. [Affordable Housing Finance]
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