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Designed by Laszlo Hudec, the green house in Shanghai opened to the public for the first time on Saturday in recognition of China's annual cultural heritage day. The 1938 house was the first in the city to have an elevator and air conditioning.

Designed by Laszlo Hudec, the green house in Shanghai opened to the public for the first time on Saturday in recognition of China's annual cultural heritage day. The 1938 house was the first in the city to have an elevator and air conditioning.

Credit: Shanghai Daily - Imaginechina via Associated Press

ICYMI: A member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has pushed for a hearing on the State Department's embassy design program in the coming weeks. [ARCHITECT]

Suburban starchitecture: Critic John King argues that San Ramon is "an ideal laboratory" for Renzo Piano's (Hon. FAIA) shopping center. King writes: "Piano is grappling with the building blocks of 21st century suburbia, a realm that other A-list architects only ponder from 30,000 feet if at all." [San Francisco Chronicle]

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Critic Christopher Hawthorne cites three recent awards to Shigeru Ban, Hon. FAIA, Phyllis Lambert, Hon. FAIA, and Julia Morgan as efforts to dethrone the "Monuments Men" of architecture, suggesting that "momentum is gathering behind a genuinely new view of how architecture is made and measured." [Los Angeles Times]

Chicago architect Walter Sobel died at age 100. Sobel worked on roughly 250 courthouses across the U.S., Canada, and the Virgin Islands. [Chicago Tribune]

Kriston Capps (former ARCHITECT senior editor) asks: "Does Chicago take its architecture just a tad too seriously?" [CityLab]

Over 7,800 pairs of Levi's jeans will be used as insulation within the walls of San Francisco's 110 Embarcadero. [Business Green]

In the backdrop of the World Cup, a renaissance of Brazil's "heroic-minded and intellectual architecture" is promoting bold and progressive designs. [Los Angeles Times]

Museum Park in downtown Miami opened to the public on Saturday. [Miami Herald]

The Virginia garage where reporter Bob Woodward met with "Deep Throat" is going to be torn down. [Reuters]

Step Up, Step Down:

Chicago's Legat Architects named Jay Johnson, AIA, a firm principal. [Northwest Herald]

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