Photo of the Day—Kacper Kowalski:
"Changing Identity/New Identity 07." Houses in the city of Jiangyin, China. 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Professional Competition in Contemporary Issues category.
Credit: Kacper Kowalski
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RIBA Boycotts Israel: The Royal Institute of British Architects is proposing a boycott of the Israeli Association of United Architects over the continued development of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Israel that it faces threats of boycott if the state does not make progress in peace talks with the Palestinians. The vote by RIBA to enact its own boycott was not unanimous; some members questioned how RIBA could continue associating with states such as North Korea, whose human rights violations outnumber those of Israel. [The Guardian]
Condé Nast Seating Charts Posted: For those kremlinologists whose specialty is the inner workings of Condé Nast, this report has it all: It's a seating chart showing where top executives will be stationed at 1 WTC after the company moves offices [The New York Post]
Quote of the Day: "After my initial burst of enthusiasm about autonomous cars... I am beginning to think I got it wrong; I keep saying that young people are turning their backs on cars because they would rather look at their phone, but what if they can do both in a self-driving car? It's the ticket to Broadacre City." —Lloyd Alter [Treehugger]
Number of the Day—2,250: That's the number of affordable-housing units that were promised in the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn, N.Y. None of them are yet complete, but developers did follow through on one of their promises: a meditation room in the Barclays Center. [The New York Times]
5 More Stories for Wednesday:
The Louisiana Children's Museum is relocating to a new building being designed by Seattle's Mithun with New Orleans–based Waggonner and Ball. [The Times-Picayune]
The Royal Ontario Museum is getting an updated plaza, courtesy Hariri Pontarini Architects and landscape architects Claude Cormier + Associés. [Urban Toronto]
Photos of a ghost town in Armenia. [Slate]
TechCrunch visits a startup in Portola Valley, Calif. that works and lives out of a five acre estate. [TechCrunch]
Some kid climbed to the top of 1 WTC. [Slate]
Step Up, Step Down:
Diller Scofidio & Renfro selected to design 600-seat theater at Rice University. [Houston Chronicle]
Boston Design Week kicked off yesterday.
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