ICYMI: Cooper Hewitt released the list of the 2015 National Design Award winners, a Cincinnati museum's damage may be reversible, and the incorporation of social action into a practice may be possible, according to Dominic Mercier.

Quote of the Day: "Here is a constant refrain: Why is so much new building junk? This is a golden age of the American city, with urban centers more prosperous and popular than ever, but somehow we continue to build boorish and boring works that do nothing to enhance the public realm, and all too often diminish it. How does this continue to happen, and right in front of our eyes? Who is to blame, and what can we do about it?" —Critic Mark Lamster. [The Dallas Morning News]

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Some speculate that British architect David Adjaye, Hon. FAIA, will be the designer of the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum. [Chicago Tribune]

The Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas recognized 99 students and handed out more than $130,000 in scholarships. [University of Arkansas]

A collection of 200 pyramids lies in the desert of eastern Sudan. [The Atlantic]

Foster + Partners unveiled designs for a creative community in Dubai. [Dezeen]

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Michigan-based Ghafari Associates announced that Raymond Clark, AIA, joined the firm as executive vice president. [Ghafari Associates]

Awards: Enter Now!

The 2015 World Architecture Festival Awards is accepting entries through May 22.

The Portland chapter of the AIA is accepting entries for Stitch II, a competition challenging students and emerging designers to propose ideas for re-purposing space under a bridge on Interstate 405. Proposals are due June 1.

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