What you'll find below and on the next four pages is an archive of our daily real-time news feed for the week of August 10. For the latest news, check out our main News Roundup.

August 14, 2015

In response to the recent release of the more than 350 submissions for the a World War I Memorial, which will be located at Pershing Park on Pennsylvania Avenue, just southeast of the White House and the Treasury Building in the heart of Washington, D.C., Charles Birnbaum, president and CEO of the Cultural Landscape Foundation talked with us about why he and his organization oppose the design competition and think that preserving the park should be taken into account first. [ARCHITECT]

In related news: We picked our faves of the WWI design entries. [ARCHITECT]

The U.S. embassy in Cuba, recently reopened, was designed by Harrison & Abramovitz in 1950
Isaac Risco/picture-alliance/dpa/Associated Press The U.S. embassy in Cuba, recently reopened, was designed by Harrison & Abramovitz in 1950

For the first time in 70 years, the United States flag again flies over Havana. In a ceremony today welcoming Secretary of State John Kerry to the recently reopened U.S. embassy in Cuba, the Stars and Stripes was fittingly raised back up by the same three (now-retired) U.S. Marines who lowered it three-quarters of a century ago. [The New York Times]

See our past coverage:
Michael Z. Wise on the architectural importance of the U.S. embassy in Havana. [ARCHITECT]
A photographic history of the embassy. [ARCHITECT]
The reopening of the embassy. [ARCHITECT]
And "Is Cuba the Next Emerging Market for Architects," by Amanda Kolson Hurley. [ARCHITECT]

"I would like to see the idea that buildings are economic assets and that buildings are what make our city great put into policy in that we shouldn't just have demolition funds available; we should also have stabilization funds available." —Landmarks Association of St. Louis executive director Andrew Weil. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Germany-based architect Barkow Leibinger created the "thicket pavilion study 2.0" of meticulously placed, thin steel rods. The pavilion is currently located in Berlin. [Designboom]

Startup tech company SQFT rolled out a mobile app and real estate services that aim to sell homes for a third of the cost of a traditional agent by relying on sellers to hold open houses and charging low service fees. [Vox]

VOA Associates beat out 19 other firms to become the architect of Chicago's Pullman Artspace project, which will include artist housing and studios, along with community spaces for exhibitions and classes. [Chicago Tribune]

Zaha Hadid Architects announced in a press release that the London firm was the winner of the Danjiang Bridge International Competition, ARCHITECT interviewed the CEO and co-founder of Providence, R.I.–based company Greycork, and Italian furniture designer Magis has created a one-of-a-kind Magis Proust armchair in lilac in honor of poet Gabriele d'Annunzio.

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The Hansgrohe + Axor Das Design Competition recognizes residential, hospitality, and commercial projects built in the U.S. within the past three years. Entries are due today.

Treehousing, an open international wood design competition based in South Africa, asks students, architects, and engineers to design innovative wood housing and urban building solutions. Deadline for registration is tomorrow, Aug. 15.

The AIA is now accepting submissions for its Institute Honor Awards, which recognizes achievements for a broad range of architectural activity in order to elevate the general quality of architectural practice, through Aug. 21.

Doug Mockett & Co. wants innovative ideas for furniture parts, components, accessories, and hardware for its 30th Annual Design Competition through Sept. 8.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is hosting an ideas competition for a 241,000-square-foot Center for Architecture, Design, and Education, on a prominent downtown site near Millennium Park. The top prize is $10,000, and Chicago Public Schools students will award a special $1,000 prize. Submissions are due Sept. 9.

Bathroom products manufacturer Victoria + Albert is challenging designers to create a space that uses its products. Entry is free and submissions are due Dec. 20.

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