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Today’s News - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of a Henning Larsen-designed school in Aarhus, Denmark, that "sets the bar for future educational buildings," designing the interior "as a tremendous playground" (we wan to play here!).

•   Dittmar ponders the Ghost Ship inferno in Oakland, CA, and what "measures are needed to promote the safe use of old buildings for arts based activities" ("bare bones" and all).

•   Murcutt minces no words about what he thinks of plans to put an 8.5-foot fence around Giurgola's Parliament House in Canberra, along with other architects who "were universally scathing."

•   Mafi offers a fascinating look at how Iran's "modern architecture movement appears to be making up for lost time. As for the future of Iranian architecture? It's still a bit hazy."

•   Lyndon Goode has big plans for a "sustainable and affordable" new city in the West Bank called Khalil Al Khadra, or "Green Hebron."

•   Phoenix-based Wendell Burnette Architects is designing a hotel for a Saudi Arabian UNESCO site that will be practically invisible among the Jabal Ithlib rock formations.

•   Lange makes a pilgrimage to Noguchi's (little-known) 400-acre public park in Japan, "a modernist fairy tale" that "feels like it was meant to be seen from the moon, not explored on a tiny bicycle" (great pix!).

•   Hawthorne has high hopes - with reservations - about a "huge" project in L.A.'s arts district: "The risk - as with all of the projects emerging from BIG's huge and increasingly busy office - is that [its] final form won't quite make the leap from clever and opportunistic to something more architecturally powerful or profound."

•   Campbell cheers Maya Lin's new Novartis building at the edge of the MIT campus: "Hang a mass of heavy granite in midair? Totally crazy, of course. I wish all our recent architecture were equally crazy - the granite screen works as urban design and unexpected urban art."

•   Bozikovic revels in the spirit of Hariri's Baha'i Temple of South America, and waxes poetically about "one of architecture's most ambitious undertakings."

•   Goettsch Partners' Zurich Insurance Group's North American HQ "would fit in well in the outskirts of Copenhagen or Amsterdam - in the Chicago suburbs it is honestly a bit shocking - in a good way."

•   1100 Architect transforms an 80-year-old church into a performing arts center for a Brooklyn school.

•   Budds takes a long look at "the overlooked legacy" of AIA Gold Medalist Paul Revere Williams, who "succeeded in an industry and era rife with discrimination."

•   Zeiger parses how young firms are moving beyond concepts and temporary installations to tackling "architecture's delicate pas de deux between ideas and physical realization."

•   An update on +POOL's young team and their "audacious plan" to float a swimming pool in NYC's East River.

•   Iovine sizes up the best architecture of 2016: it was "a banner year" defined by "both bold innovation and thoughtful renovation."

•   Birnbaum sizes up "sexy infrastructure and other notable developments in 2016" that "are evidence that landscape architects continue to grow as a leading force in shaping our cities."

•   Call for Entries: 2017 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers + 10th Dedalo Minosse International Prize + 2017 North American Copper in Architecture Awards.

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