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Today’s News - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

•   ArcSpace brings us eyefuls of Lewerentz's 1966 Church of St. Peter in Klippan, Sweden, that is "a strange and particular architecture that feels strikingly contemporary yet primitive, exceptional yet vernacular."

•   Kimmelman kicks off a new series on climate change and cities by visiting "parched" and "sinking" Mexico City: "This city is full of brilliant people with good ideas," but "lacks the political will" (a timely companion to Brook's soggy, sad saga about the city's plan to build an airport on a sinking lakebed - click "Yesterday's News" if you missed it).

•   Politically speaking: AIA issues a statement on immigration and travel restrictions and its effect on the design and construction industry.

•   Jacobs ponders "public space in the Trump era" that is "putting new stress on the old fault lines that exist wherever public overlaps with private."

•   Bentley parses the building industry's anxiety about the environment in the era of Trump: "I'm feeling pretty pessimistic these days," says Crispino.

•   Hagberg Fisher calls for "leaders in architecture and design to join the resistance. We do not need to collaborate. We need to NOT collaborate."

•   Giovannini closes the political punditry with an amusingly serious (or is it seriously amusing) ode to "our new decorator in chief" (his e-mail to us: "I only published it once I was sure I had insurance protection against the litigation that is now threatening to suppress press freedom").

•   Emory University to replace a "remarkable" Portman building with a new campus center: "where does a school draw a line between saving a semi-dysfunctional building or demolishing it?"

•   Big plans to transform Calgary's Victoria Park into a downtown "cultural and entertainment district," designed by Civitas and Gibbs Gage Architects.

•   Sydney is "blindsided" by the deputy lord mayor's call for bike registration that would require a compulsory test, a license, and insurance (a bad idea - not only in our biking book).

•   Karaim gives us an update on filmmaker Miner's Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative to construct FLW's unbuilt and demolished buildings - a "simple idea, equal parts audacious and quixotic" that "has already made notable progress" ( though not without skeptics).

•   Wisconsin honors FLW's 150th birthday with a self-guided tour through nine counties to "nine of Wright's most iconic built structures."

•   Welton brings us the little-known tale of the early 19th-century African-American architect Abele's drawings - few "carry his name or signature," but he "was the mastermind behind the planning and design" of two Duke University campuses - "he worked on them in relative anonymity."

•   Gehry takes on an online class: "He may be 87, but the starchitect continues to prove that he is anything but old school."

•   A day of winners: Kéré tapped to design the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion with a "tree-themed structure" and a "spectacular" waterfall effect.

•   Melbourne to get a kool haas designed by Koolhaas and Gianotten, tapped to design the 2017 MPavilion (alas, no images yet).

•   As the 2017 Young Architects Program winner, Jenny Sabin Studio's "Lumen" will light up MoMA PS1's courtyard with "a canopy of recycled, photo-luminescent textiles" (it looks to be stunning!).

•   Six from around the world win Harvard GSD's inaugural Richard Rogers Fellowship.

•   Winn wins the $15,000 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant with her proposal "Public Architecture for Public Good."



  


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