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Today’s News - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of the Exners' (stunning) 1970 Islev Church in Copenhagen that "contributed to the creation of a new Nordic church typology" (oh! that brickwork!).

•   Dublin-based Grafton Architects' Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell named curators of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale; they plan to "expand on the social themes explored by" Aravena's 2016 Biennale.

•   An open letter to Donald Trump, signed by more than 250 architects, addresses "climate change, a clean and competitive U.S. economy using renewable energy, and standing up against special interest money in politics" (good luck with that...).

•   King, meanwhile, reconsiders Mayne's Federal Building in San Francisco: "Though Trump shows little inclination to move past the acrimonious campaign," the building "seeks to be inclusive" - and even with its own flaws, "the complex has a spirit of optimism."

•   Speaking of government buildings, Bates Smart has designed a "light-filled" Australian Embassy in Washington, DC, replacing the building the firm designed in 1964.

•   In Bean Town, there are "big, transit-oriented plans" to replace a gigantic and "much-maligned concrete garage."

•   Budds explores green lessons learned from Africa's first LEED-certified hospital: "instead of imposing Western building practices and techniques, Perkins+Will looked for ways to design and build that were rooted in Accra, Ghana."

•   Singapore-based architect Kuppusamy, who expertly navigates construction sites in his wheelchair, calls for Universal Design solutions that are not just "tacked on just as an afterthought."

•   WAF's 2016 Building of the Year architect Konieczny talks about how he won the award by creating the National Museum and Dialogue Centre Przelomy "that doubles as a 'city-forming' public space for the people of Szczecin, Poland."

•   A decidedly unwelcome post-occupancy report: Nouvel's Torre Agbar skyscraper in Barcelona "has been sold for the second time in just three years" - its "impracticality" is driving tenants out (ouch!).

•   On a brighter note, Roche and Dinkeloo's Ambassador Grill disco-era interior is (finally!) an official NYC Landmark (coolio! 'er, groovy!).

•   A look at how some Australian firms ("the canaries in the construction coalmine") are retooling to keep up with economic changes (on the dark side: "The golden goose is dead and everybody is dying in the ditch" - yikes!).

•   Pedersen pens the history of "the rise and fall" of NYC's Municipal Art Society: "the group's proximity to power has, it seems to me, almost fatally compromised it."

•   Willis lays out four steps that could make architecture awards matter to more than just architects: "Third: ensure that awards serve more than just old white men in dark-rimmed glasses."

•   Eyefuls of the winning designs for 8 pop-up "glamping" cabins to "be built in three secret locations" around Wales.

•   Eyefuls of the student teams' winning designs in Van Alen Institute/AECOM's Urban SOS: Fair Share competition.

•   Students hailing from China, Russia, U.K., and Lebanon win the 2016 Fentress Global Challenge to envision "The Airport of the Future."

•   Manaugh, meanwhile, gets a deep de-briefing re: LAX's new anti-terrorism intelligence unit - "other airports are watching."

•   The Hyperloop One Global Challenge results in 35 finalists, with the goal to be "Amazon Prime on steroids."

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