Below are some things that landed in my inbox during my two-week break from this blog.

IAAC's 4th Advanced Architecture Contest, CITY-SENSE: Shaping our environment with real-time data.

Actuated Matter Workshop on Responsive Materials, Zurich University of the Arts, in collaboration with with Loop Design.

Two weeks are left in the Institute for Urban Design's By the City/For the City competition.

"Musical impresario Pharrell Williams and architectural visionary Chad Oppenheim present contemporary treehouse concept to inspire future generations through architecture." More from the press release can be found at Arch Daily.

Avian Architecture: How Birds Design, Engineer, and Build by Peter Goodfellow

The National Trust for Historic Preservation released its America's 11 Most Endangered Places list, which includes the Greater Chaco Landscape (above; image source: left and right). One of my first posts on this blog, way back in 2004, was on Chaco Canyon.

If you'll be attending UIA2011 the 24th World Congress of Architecture in Tokyo, Japan in September, be sure to check out these Japan Architecture Tours.

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts announced its 2011 Grants to Individuals, with over half-a-million bucks awarded to 69 grantees. Some familiar names can be found here.

Trimo Urban Crash winner: Wojciech Nowak and Martynika Bielawska from Poland.

Living in the Endless City launched at LSE in early June. The book is published by Phaidon and a review on this site is forthcoming.