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Today’s News - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

•   ArcSpace brings us Dibbs's take on Marina Tabassum's mosque in Dhaka (a winner of the 2016 Aga Khan Award) that uses "unadorned materials and vernacular construction techniques to immense effect."

•   Zacks pens an open letter to the AIA's Robert Ivy: "Don't resign: engage, resist and confront" the "threats posed by the incoming administration."

•   Hosey explains why, "if ever there were a time for architects to lead the fight against climate change, it's now" (sign COTE's petition to the Senate re: the DOE and EPA!).

•   Korody explains why Trump (possibly) eliminating the NEA and NEH - and privatizing PBS - matters for architecture.

•   Hawthorne has a grand time at Saturday's women's march to Grand Park in L.A.; "Metro and Pershing Square, not so much."

•   King reports on San Francisco's Bay Area: Resilient by Design Challenge - a $5.8 million design competition for 10 projects "to lessen effects of sea level rise on SF Bay."

•   McKay minces no words in considering when "context" became "a dirty word in architecture" - now, "the only context that matters is a building's contribution to the universal context of media churn - none of this requires the presence of actual buildings."

•   Perhaps there will be some answers in Harvard GSD's upcoming - and free! - online architecture course, "The Architectural Imagination."

•   Wainwright parses Grafton Architects' "modern-day Machu Picchu" in Peru - dubbed "the best new building in the world" by winning the RIBA International Prize; Farrell and McNamara "have equally big plans for Britain."

•   Dalrymple has a very different take on Grafton's "modern Macchu Picchu: "it is unfortunately possible that it is 'the best new building in the world.' This, unfortunately, tells us more about the world than about the building."

•   Moore cheers Womersley being rediscovered: He "was, quite simply, one of the best British architects of the 20th century," who combined "brutality and breezy optimism," and "brought a purist's beauty to small-town projects in the 60s and 70s."

•   The 15th Driehaus Prize goes to Robert Adam; Ackerman is honored posthumously with the Henry Hope Reed Award; and CNU gets "a special award for contributions to the public realm."

•   Brussat, not surprisingly, cheers Adam's Driehaus Prize, and parses his essay on skyscrapers that, "alone, deserves a Nobel."

•   la Roi of Heatherwick Studio wins the competition to design a Belgian refugee monument in Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

•   Tate Harmer's "big tent" wins the competition to design a museum and visitor center at the Scout Association's HQ in east London (now all it needs is some Heritage Lottery Funding).

•   The Society of Architectural Historians' 2016 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow is Nigerian architectural historian and photographer Adeyemi Akande, who will explore "the pinnacle of early Western religious architecture."

•   A very longggg (and inspiring!) shortlist for the 2017 Knight Cities Challenge.

•   Call for entries: Kaira Looro (Architecture for Peace) competition: Sacred Architecture in Tanaf, Senegal + RFQ: Nepean Point (Ottawa) Redevelopment International Design Competition + American Architecture Prize Firm of the Year 2017 Award.

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