5 design things to do this week

This week, you can: hear about the Chicago Architecture Biennial from its creative directors and architects; watch a Lawrence Halprin-designed park come alive with dance; sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Grand Central Market; learn about the plantings of Piet Oudolf on the High Line; and capture the light of DTLA with an expert photographer.

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Beverly Willis, plucky advocate for women architects, to be honored in Monterey

The architect Beverly Willis, at 89, is about to receive a lifetime achievement award from the American Institute of Architects, California Council. Her confidence and resilience comes from an adventure-filled life that included time spent in an orphanage; crash-landing a plane at 15; and running her own firm at a time when the profession was almost exclusively male.

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