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The interlocking tile vaults designed by Spanish geniuses Rafael Guastavino Sr. and his son, Rafael Jr., may hold the clue to putting mankind on the moon in a more permanent fashion. Norman Foster, Hon. FAIA, and engineer Roger Ridsdill Smith are giving a talk about the lasting legacy (and future potential) for the work of the Guastavinos, which is on display in "Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile." The talk is at the Center for Architecture on May 14.
Another museum for Herzog & de Meuron: The Vancouver Art Gallery selected Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron to design the city's new downtown building. The firm was selected from a shortlist of four other firms: Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (both from New York), Toronto's KPMB Architects, and Tokyo's SANAA. [The Vancouver Sun]
Quote of the Day: "The Golden State Warriors' decision to scuttle the team's proposed arena at Piers 30-32 is the best thing that has happened to San Francisco's waterfront in years - not because of what is gone, but what now could be." —San Francisco Chronicle’s John King
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Typical calculators for splitting rent with roommates comes down to square footage. The biggest room, maybe also with a walk-in closet or a separate bathroom, costs the most. But using the Sperner’s lemma method instead calculates a rent split based on preferences. [The New York Times]
Q&A with the new president of the NewSchool of Architecture and Design, Greg Marick: U-T San Diego
Construction begins next month on the $109 million science and engineering building at Vanderbilt University designed by Boston-based Wilson Architects. [Nashville Business Journal]
China is building museums so rapidly that the country has already surpassed its five-year goal (3,500 museums nationwide) two years early. With a current total of 4,000 museums, China’s “museumification” is part of a plan to develop the country’s cultural sphere. Check out 11 of the most stunning new museums. [CNN]
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