ICYMI: The Japan Arts Association announced today that Steven Holl, FAIA, won the 2014 Praemium Imperiale, a global arts prize bestowed annually since 1989. [ARCHITECT] The Museum of Modern Art appointed Martino Stierli as the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design. [ARCHITECT]
Video of the Day: The BIG Maze hosts a marriage proposal. [DCist]
Maps of the Day: Environmental Defense Fund added sensors to Google Maps cars to track natural gas leaks in Boston, Indianapolis, and New York City's Staten Island. [Environmental Defense Fund]
7 More Stories for Wednesday:
The Museum of the City of New York is hosting a panel tonight with Nadine Post (Engineering News-Record), Charles Blomberg, AIA (Rafael Viñoly Architects), Paul Katz, FAIA (Kohn Pedersen Fox), Bill Baker (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), and Ashok Raiji, Assoc. AIA (Arup). The panel is called "Innovators: The Engineering and Design of Tall Buildings." [The Museum of the City of New York]
There's conflict in Helsinki over a proposed outpost of the Guggenheim, as a design competition for the museum gets underway. [The New York Times]
Critic John King describes a new hospital in Oakland, Calif., designed by NBBJ, as "an oversize, thin-skinned thud, massive in scale and anemic in tone." [San Francisco Chronicle] The piece spurred a "healthy debate" among readers, so King later posted a poll. [San Francisco Chronicle]
Financially strapped Italy turns to private donors to renovate major landmarks such as the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain. [The New York Times]
Today, Commonwealth Edison is expected to announce its plans to install a superconducting cable beneath Chicago streets to protect the power supply to its downtown business district, the Loop, in the event of a "catastrophic situation." [Chicago Tribune]
Step Up, Step Down:
Jennifer Jones will join the San Francisco chapter of the AIA as its executive director, starting September 1. She leaves from the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) after nearly eight years there.
Tim Allen will join Minneapolis-based Dominum as the apartment development company's new CFO. [Multifamily Executive]
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